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iPad used to record Pompeii findings
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:31:03 GMT
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Researchers have conducted an experiment using the iPad for recording archaeological sites in the partially-buried ancient city of Pompeii in Italy.

The research was conducted by a team of experts from the University of Cincinnati who took six iPads to the Pompeii excavation site last summer when the first generation the iPad was introduced.

Led by Steven Ellis and John Wallrodt, the team will present their findings in the form of a report titled The Paperless Project: The Use of iPads in the Excavations at Pompeii at the 39th annual international conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA).

The new practical approach can replace the 300-year-old standard recording method which involves taking precise measurements, drawings and notes, all recorded on paper with pen and pencil, Past Horizons reported.

“There's a common, archival nature to what we're doing. There's a precious timelessness, a priceless sort of quality to the data that we're gathering, so we have made an industry of being very, very careful about how we record things,” Ellis explained.

“Once we've excavated through it, it's gone, so ever since our undergraduate years, we've become very, very good and consistent at recording. We're excited about discovering there's another way,” he added.

“Because the trench supervisor is so busy, it can take days to share handwritten notes between trenches,” said Wallrodt. “Now, we can give them an (electronic) notebook every day if they want it.”

UC archeology team has spent more than ten years at the ancient site trying to produce a complete archaeological analysis of homes, shops and businesses at Porta Stabia, a forgotten area inside one of the busiest Pompeii gates.

Wallrodt says the “iPad was practically custom built for our needs,” and believes that using the iPad has saved him a year's worth of data entry and “piles of paper.”

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