Archaeology and global information systems

Ian Hodder

Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge.

Cite this as: Hodder, I. 1999 Archaeology and global information systems, Internet Archaeology 6.


In this paper I wish to reinforce the view that there is a potential in the use of the Internet by archaeology for an important change in the organisation and institutionalisation of archaeological knowledge. As many have argued, this change involves a shift from hierarchy to networks and flows.

But there are dangers that the Internet will simply translate old forms of elite knowledge into new forms, increasingly excluding the un-networked. Care needs to be taken to provide different modes of access for different groups and to find ways round the exclusive tendencies associated with the dispersal of any new technology.

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