Center for Digital Antiquity Director Chris Nicholson, Assistant Director Leigh Anne Ellison, and Senior Digital Curator Rachel Fernandez are looking forward to participating in a number of upcoming archaeological meetings and conferences.  Look for us in sessions, stop by our booth, or email Leigh Anne (LeighAnne.Ellison@asu.edu), Rachel (Rachel.Fernandez.1@asu.edu) or Chris (Christopher.M.Nicholson@asu.edu) to meet for coffee and chat about the top-tier digital curation, data management, and archiving services tDAR can provide you!

Be sure to visit our booth to learn more about what tDAR can do for you!

Rachel Fernandez, Senior Digital Curator
Digital Antiquity Senior Digital Curator Rachel Fernandez is responsible for identifying datasets in tDAR and uploading them to the ARIADNE Portal.
Julian Richards at AriaDNEplus
Julian Richards, ADS Director and Digital Antiquity Board Member, at AriaDNEplus meeting in February 2019

Partnering with 26 other countries, the Center for Digital Antiquity is proud to be a part of the 5-year ARIADNEplus research grant (2019-2023). ARIADNEplus is the continuation of the successful ARIADNE project: Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Data Networking in Europe, 2013-2017. The original ARIADNE work focused on integrating 36 European Union archaeological repositories, and building a platform to support searching their integrated catalog of unpublished reports, images, maps, databases and other archaeological information.

The “plus” grant expands the integrated partners list to include the U.S. (the Center for Digital Antiquity), Argentina (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), Israel (Israel Antiquities Authority), and Japan (National Research Institute for Cultural Properties). The new portal will extend geographical and temporally, while providing various services to researchers to process and re-use the data. For more information, check out their informative website available in 14 different languages

Dr. Christopher Nicholson
Dr. Christopher Nicholson

Greetings!  My name is Chris Nicholson and this month (October 1st) I was hired to be the new Executive Director at the Center for Digital Antiquity and tDAR.  I come to Digital Antiquity from the University of Wyoming, where I served as the Director of the Water Resources Data System and Wyoming State Climate Office for the past 8 years.  My most recent research has focused on human paleoecology and paleoclimates, with my geographic interest spanning both North America and Eurasia.

I’m truly excited to be working for Digital Antiquity and am optimistic about our future, both from the perspective of broadening the archaeological community’s awareness of the importance of archiving digital data, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of Digital Antiquity.  As more archaeologists learn about and understand the ethical and legal obligations we have to facilitate open access research, the better off we are as a discipline.  Reproducibility and transparency are topics that transcend the science community, and archaeology is not immune; this issue is truly a global one.  Our European colleagues, recognizing this, have coined the phrase “Digital Dark Age”, and it is our hope and goal at Digital Antiquity that North American archaeologists are cognizant of the importance of not falling behind other disciplines when it comes to archiving, preserving, and ultimately sharing data.

Over the next several months I’ll be reaching out to many of you, but if you have yet to hear from me, please feel free to contact me.  I’m looking forward to sustaining long-standing relationships and collaborations, as well as cultivating new ones. Please contact me at Christopher.M.Nicholson@asu.edu  or 480-965-6510.

Click the image above to learn more & apply!

The Center for Digital Antiquity is currently seeking a talented Digital Curator to join our office in beautiful Tempe, AZ! Truly the backbone of Digital Antiquity, Digital Curators work with clients and collaborate with all members of the Digital Antiquity team to continuously improve and enhance our users’ experience in The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), a state-of-the-art international digital repository for archaeological and cultural heritage data. This full-time position contributes to the development and expansion of tDAR by accomplishing a variety of tasks, including: digitizing paper records and/or migrating obsolete digital files to appropriate preservation-quality formats, creating descriptive metadata for these archaeological records, organizing and performing quality control checks of record uploads into tDAR, and training/supervising student workers in aspects of this work.

Our ideal candidate needs to have professional knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas: archaeology (field, lab and classes); digital preservation and digital data management; information technology, scripting, and programming.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! Please visit bit.ly/2zxAYAz or search for ASU Job # 55032BR or click the image above to learn more.

Act fast! Our candidate search for this exciting opportunity closes on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM Arizona time.  

The 84th Annual Society for American Archaeology meeting is just around the corner, and Digital Antiquity staff look forward to participating in a variety of symposiums, forums, and other events throughout the week of April 10-14, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Digital Antiquity highlights will include a symposium honoring the illustrious career of Keith Kintigh (4/12), a workshop geared towards helping SAA members utilize tDAR’s digital data curation services (4/13), and many other exciting happenings listed below.  

Digital Antiquity staff will also be on hand at Exhibit Hall booth #505 throughout the week, so be sure to stop by with any tDAR or digital curation related questions, learn more about the SAA/Center for Digital Antiquity Good Digital Curation Agreement, enroll in our raffles to win some great prizes, or just stop by to say hi!

Follow us on Twitter @DigArcRec  and Instagram at digitalantiquity for up-to-the-minute tDAR news throughout the conference!

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • Digital Antiquity Booth
      • Room: Exhibit Hall in Hall 4 (ACC)
      • Booth #: 505
      • Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Symposium: [34] Zooarchaeology and Technology: Case Studies and Applications
      • Room: 140 Aztec
      • Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
      • Highlight: 8:15 AM “Mapping Faunal Data to tDAR Ontologies to Address Data Comparability and Archaic Period Use of Animals in the Interior Eastern United States” —Bonnie Styles, Mona Colburn and Sarah Neusius
    • Electronic Symposium: [134] Towards a Standardization of Photogrammetric Methods in Archaeology: A Conversation About ‘Best Practices’ in an Emerging Methodology
      • Room: 10 Anasazi
      • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
      • Highlight: Digital Curation of Photogrammetric Data —Rachel Fernandez

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
    • Digital Antiquity Booth
      • Room: Exhibit Hall in Hall 4 (ACC)
      • Booth #: 505
      • Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Symposium: [188] Attention to Detail: A Pragmatic Career of Research, Mentoring, and Service, Papers In Honor of Keith Kintigh
      • Room: 275 Ballroom B
      • Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
      • Highlight: 10:15 AM “Promoting an Archaeological Perspective in Repatriation, Consultation, National Monuments, and Data Science —Francis McManamon
    • Forum: [225] From “Saving the Past for the Future” to “Saving the Future with the Past”: Building Arguments for Contemporary Relevance
      • Room: 220 Ruidoso
      • Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
      • Highlight: Keith Kintigh and Jeffrey Altschul, Moderators
    • Symposium: [237] Beyond Collections: Federal Archaeology and “New Discoveries” Under NAGPRA
      • Room: 130 Cimarron
      • Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
      • Highlight: 3:00 PM Discussant —Francis McManamon
    • Symposium: [256] I Love Sherds and Parasites: A Festschrift in Honor of Pat Urban and Ed Schortman
      • Room: 280 Ballroom A
      • Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Highlight: 2:15 PM “Lessons That Can’t Be Taught: Applying Anthropology in Honduras and Beyond” —Claire Novotny, Anna Novotny and Leigh Anne Ellison

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • Digital Antiquity Booth
      • Room: Exhibit Hall in Hall 4 (ACC)
      • Booth #: 505
      • Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Workshop: Using tDAR: A Workshop for SAA Members Benefiting from the SAA–Center for Digital Antiquity Good Digital Curation Agreement
      • Room: Enchantment C-D, Foyer
      • Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Workshop Leaders: Leigh Anne Ellison and Rachel Fernandez

We hope to see you all there!

Happy Centennial, Grand Canyon National Park from Digital Antiquity and tDAR

The Grand Canyon is an astonishing natural resource that has enchanted humankind for thousands of years. As evidence, this national treasure is filled with ancient and historical archaeological sites, cultural landscapes, and historic structures. 

In honor of Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial, we invite you to dig into the Grand Canyon’s near and distant past by accessing maps, photos, research, and other resources available in tDAR!

As always, tDAR’s wealth of archaeological resources are free to access and share! Register for free to learn more about the incredible cultural landscape of the Grand Canyon!




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