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Archéologies numériques

NUMEAR - ISSN 2515-7574 - © ISTE Ltd

Aims and scope

Objectifs de la revue

The Numerical Archeology journal focuses on the practices of and reflections on the use of digital technologies in archaeology, in the study of European history or in heritage conservation sciences.

The articles, which are mostly methodological, may cover the following topics:

- 2D and 3D data acquisition techniques (drone, scanner, LiDAR, thermography, photogrammetry, databases, mobile computing, etc.);

- structuring of archaeological/historical and heritage data (SBDR, SIG, XML, semantic web, etc.);

- modeling and digital analysis of data (spatial analysis, agent models, 2D/3D analysis, statistical analysis, etc.);

- tools for the propagation and dissemination of results on the web and new research practices (collaborative platforms, open data and open source application development).

La revue Archéologies numériques s’intéresse aux pratiques et aux réflexions sur l’usage du numérique en archéologie, dans les sciences historiques européennes ou de la sauvegarde des patrimoines.

Les articles, essentiellement méthodologiques, peuvent couvrir notamment les sujets suivant :

- techniques d’acquisitions de données 2D et 3D (drone, scanner, LIDAR, thermographie, photogrammétrie, bases de données, informatique mobile…) ;

- structuration des données archéo-historiques et patrimoniales (SBDR, SIG, XML, Web sémantique…) ;

- modélisations et analyses numériques des données (analyse spatiale, modèles agents, Analyse 2D/3D, analyses statistiques…) ;

- outils de diffusion et de dissémination des résultats sur le Web et nouvelles pratiques de la recherche (plateforme collaboratives, open data et développements applicatifs open-source).

Journal issues


Volume 17- 1

Issue 1
Issue 2

Recent articles

Round Table: “Large scale archaeological prospection”

Archaeological prospection includes various and complementary methods. Among them geophysical ones aims at recording spatial variations of underground physical properties using a well sampled grid layout. Some examples (...)

Archaeological survey and sampling: a paradoxical divorce

This article deals with the issue of sampling in archaeological survey, and particularly in preventive archaeology. After recalling the origins of sampling in archaeology since the 1960s, and the work of French (...)

Geophysics for large development projects and large scale archaeological surveys

Scale is the key concept when dealing about survey and particularly for the geophysical survey over large areas. At first, the role of geophysics in rescue archaeology is described. After noticing the known role of (...)

Towards mapping the archaeological continuum. New perspectives and current limitations in Planning Led Archaeology in Italy.

The paper discusses both theory and practice in the application of the Italian domestic law, which has applied since 2006 to any kind of public new construction or to the modification of existing structures. The author (...)

Monitoring protocol for the preservation of ancient wooden shipwrecks

The experimental project of the preservation monitoring of a wreck is part of the program of preservation and restoration of the Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles. From 2014, the museum has dealt with the problems (...)

Documenting a site in the Arctic using 3D, between archaeological research and environmental changes: Kuukpak, Northwest Territories, Canada

In the Canadian Arctic, as in the whole northern world, recent climate change has greatly affected the environment. Permafrost thawing, rising of the sea level and increasing erosion have become more destructive every (...)

Perspectives on 3D recording of an archaeological excavation through multiple years: The case of the villa of "Grésil" (Normandy, France)

The Roman villa of "Gresil" (Seine-Maritime) is located inside a forest, the excavations began in 2012. The state of conservation of the site is exceptional since the place was apparently re-forested at its abandonment. It (...)

Study of a structure dedicated to 3D data production and exploration applied to research in archaeology

The West Digital Conservatory of Archaeological Heritage project, a.k.a. WDCAH, is a French research organization whose aim is to both ensure the preservation of digital archaeological data, and deliver expertise in (...)

Data visualisation in archaeology based on graph approach. Operational meeting of ArkeoGIS archaeologists and IndexMed ecologists

The one thing in common “archaeological”, “biodiversity” or “social systems” studies share is that data production is both expensive and few automated. Long time series and / or large spatial surveys are difficult to conduct, (...)

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Laurent COSTA
Archéologies et Sciences
de l’Antiquité, Nanterre


Chercheur associé, UMR 7041 ArScAn

François GILIGNY
Université de Paris 1

École des hautes études
en sciences sociales, Paris
Institut des systèmes complexes

Fréderic POUGET
Université de La Rochelle

Anne-Violaine SZABADOS
Archéologies et Sciences
de l’Antiquité, Nanterre

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