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by Archaeology Newsroom

iDig Archaeology app now available

Recording Archaeology

The iDig Archaeology app is now available for download via iTunes! The program has been developed by Bruce Hartzler of the Agora Excavations: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idig-archaeology/id953353960

Here is a brief description of the app: iDig is a tool for archaeologists. It has been developed and field-tested at the Athenian Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in Greece (http://agathe.gr).

iDig is designed to produce immediate digital records in the field and is heavily optimized for excavation workflows.

iDig connects wirelessly to Leica Total Stations and keeps excavation data in sync on multiple iPads, allowing for a much higher degree of collaboration during the excavation process.

Scanned drawings and plans can be quickly imported and georeferenced right in the app. Custom fields can be added and excavation records from previous seasons can be imported and connected to the current work for better overall data integration.

Excavation data can be exported in standard UTF-8 tab-delimited format from the built-in web server. Incremental reports can be designed and printed out or saved as simple URL bookmarks.

Using animation, an excavator can see and track data from a number of useful perspectives: top plan, cross-section, and spatial and temporal matrix layouts.