Science Daily reported in its website yesterday that new Technology is revolutionizing the precise recording of history at an ancient lost city bucking a tradition that has been in place for centuries. University of Cincinnati researchers will present "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. The conference takes place April 12-16 in Beijing, China.
UC teams of archaeologists have spent more than a decade at the site of the Roman city that was buried under a volcano in 79 AD. The project is producing a complete archaeological analysis of homes, shops and businesses at a forgotten area inside one of the busiest gates of Pompeii.
The stranded archaeological approach to recording this history--a 300-year tradition--involves taking precise measurements, drawings and notes, all recorded on paper with pencil. But last summer, the researchers found that the hand-held
computers and their ability to digitally record and immediately communicate information held many advantages over centuries-old tradition of archaeological recording.
The iPad research experiment has been featured on the National Geographic Channel as well as Apple's website.
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