Tele-archaeology, in its basic sense, may be defined as the use of telecommunications to provide archaeological information and services. Two different kinds of technology make up most of the tele-archaeology applications in use today. The first is used for transferring information from one location to another. The other is multi-way interactive knowledge distribution. In this paper we examine the possibilities of tele-archaeology, and offer a general framework to implement this technology. The main positive effect of telearchaeology is the move towards a real "distributed interactive archaeology", which means that archaeological knowledge building is a collective and dynamic series of tasks and processes. An individual archaeologist cannot fully explain his/her data because the explanatory process needs knowledge as raw material, and this knowledge does not exist in the individual mind of the scientist but in the research community as a global set.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)0467-482
Number of pages16
JournalArcheologia e Calcolatori
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Multimedia and web tools
  • Data dissemination and education


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