Hendrik ROHLAND | June 17, 2020 | 08:00

More about the Round Table:
Educating Archaeologists for the Digital Era
Organized by Hendrik ROHLAND | Marco BLOCK-BERLITZ | Benjamin DUCKE, Germany

As digital technologies make their way into the mainstream of archaeological practice, questions about the required skills of archaeologists emerge. A look on the labour market shows, that many institutions employing archaeologists are in want of experts, who are trained both in archaeology and digital technologies. The topics range from databases, geoinformation, data curation and research data management to 3D visualisation, computer vision, web technologies and social media.

Copyright Hendrik Rohland/HTW Dresden, Germany

Up to now, these skills are in the most cases not regularly included in academic archaeological curricula, and if so, their teaching often depends on the engagement of dedicated teachers. At the same time it is impossible to define a fixed set of tools and skills, that an archaeologist will need throughout the course of his or her career. The field of archaeology and cultural heritage is to wide and diverse for such generalisations. But how shall future archaeologists be prepared for the quickly developing and changing job market? Which skills are essential and how can a critical but open mindset towards the use of digital technologies in archaeology be fostered?We want to discuss these topics with stakeholders in the archaeology and cultural heritage sectors. We invite cultural resource management authorities, museums, university members and companies in the sectors of excavation, preservation, education and marketing of cultural heritage, to share their experiences and to express their future expectations.

Leading questions could be:
+ Which digital skills are most wanted in your organization or profession?
+ How do you manage to acquire qualified personnel?
+ How does your organization organize professional training to adapt to the changing requirements in the sector?
+ What kind of educational resources and modes of teaching do you employ as an organization or individual?
+ How do the universities prepare the graduates for the requirements of your organization or profession?

We are looking forward for your perspectives and insights and for a fruitful discussion on digital education in the archaeologies.The #callforpaper expires on 31/07/2020

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