1A Digital Frontiers in Maritime Archaeology

Crystal Safadi

Since the first shipwreck was excavated using archaeological methods at Cape Gelidonya in 1960, maritime archaeology has been at the forefront of new technologies. 55 years later, advances in archaeology underwater come not through diving technology, but digital technology. This session explores digital frontiers, new technologies and techniques reinventing how we record and interpret archaeology. These frontiers cover survey and field methods (including photogrammetry, laser scanning, geophysics), analysis (spatial, 3D, databases), interpretation (3D reconstruction, GIS), and outreach (web engagement, heritage management). As maritime archaeology enters further into this digital phase, computer applications and quantitative methods become essential to understanding the past.

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