TECHNOLOGY AT POGGIO
Report by Director
An important component of the Poggio Colla Field School is based
on technology. Our finds catalog is a computer database, our
survey and state plan are electronically created and manipulated.
We use digital photography for documentation in the conservation
lab and in the field. Kathy Windrow, updates the web site that
you are now browsing.
Left: Director, Gregory
Warden sets up to shoot VR nodes. Right: Web designer, Kathy
Why so much electronic equipment for a single excavation? And
does this kind of equipment really make a difference in terms
of the quality of archaeology that goes on at Poggio Colla? The
answer is yes and no. Yes, the equipment makes a real difference
in the quality of our work when it allows us to use sophisticated
survey equipment and correlated databases. No, the other equipment
does not readily enhance the actual field work which is still
carried out with traditional tools, recorded with pen and notebook,
documented with black-and-white or color film. The most important
material is the eye and the mind, the experience and talent of
the archaeologists and students working at the site. But all
the extra hardware makes a difference in another way. It allows
us to image what we do and to make it available quickly to other
professionals and to a steadily growing lay audience. If archaeology
is to survive as a discipline into the next millenium, if archaeology
is to be more than a discipline practiced and appreciated by
an elite few, it must avoid restricting itself to the increasingly
arcane venues of academia.
Jane Walters and Jess Galloway
downloading survey data.
Kathy Windrow shooting
digital video of Trench PC 20
Vigna, Selve, and Guardia
The Lab: cataloguing,
conservation, illustration, and photography
life of the Operations Manager and Housing Manager
The Environs: a photo
journal of the Mugello Valley and its people.