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A New Approach to Online Visual Analysis and Sharing of Archaeological Surveys and Image Collections

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Sharing digital archaeological data via a web-based analytical interface has the potential to engage joint expertise of archaeologists as well as researchers from other disciplines who can explore imagery datasets online and share their findings. These tasks can now be accomplished with a new general-purpose survey data analysis tool called Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration (SuAVE). A test case is presented here with legacy data and new ceramic petrographic data from the large-scale excavations of Shiqmim, a Chalcolithic (ca. 4500–3600 BC) village and cemetery site, located in Israel’s northern Negev desert.

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SuAVE development is supported by NSF award 1443082 “EAGER: Development of a Novel Online Visual Survey Data Analysis Tool and Assessment of its Capabilities to Enhance Learning of Quantitative Research Methods.” M. Burton thanks the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability—Qualcomm Institute for providing travel funding for the ceramic petrographic study described in this chapter. M. Burton also thanks Dr. Patrick Sean Quinn at the University College London Institute of Archaeology for permitting access to laboratory equipment and microscopes as well as generous assistance with thin section preparation and interpretation. Part of this research project is funded by the UC Office of the President through a President’s Research Catalyst Award for At-Risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities (Grant ID Number CA-16-376911).

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Zaslavsky, I., Burton, M.M., Levy, T.E. (2017). A New Approach to Online Visual Analysis and Sharing of Archaeological Surveys and Image Collections. In: Vincent, M., López-Menchero Bendicho, V., Ioannides, M., Levy, T. (eds) Heritage and Archaeology in the Digital Age. Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Springer, Cham.

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