Benefits of Using Technology to Study the Ancient World

Posted on 03.17.2009

By Courtney Phillips

In years past, studying the ancient world meant looking for clues in ancient texts, visiting far-off places to learn from local legend and folklore, and using a combination of intuition and skill to locate long lost artifacts and relics.  While these things are still required in the modern world, the process has been sped up and streamlined by the use of technology. 

While technology isn’t the be-all, end-all in the study of the ancient world, it certainly does help move the process along.  Some of the benefits of using technology to study the ancient world are listed below.

More Certainty Before the Dig

Technology and the use of a wide variety of technology applications have made aimless digging less and less frequent.  From the use of radar and sonar to infrared and other imaging technologies, locating the right spot to look for clues from the ancient world are becoming increasingly easier to locate.

Rendering Capabilities

Once you have located your site and established perimeters, measurements can be easily plugged into certain types of software that allow archaeologists and anthropologists to actually “see” what a dig site may heave looked like in the ancient world.  Rendering capabilities of these programs continue to be developed, ever assisting those hard-working scientists to be able to do their jobs in a more efficient manner.

Network with Others in the Same Field

With the advent of social media and other Web 2.0 innovations, finding others in the same field of interest is easier than ever.  Collaborative tools abound on the web and communication along with the sharing of documents for translations and other collaborative projects are helping scholars in many different fields to work together to come to an answer in record time.

Sophisticated and Specific Measurements and Pinpointing Locations

Using technology to find specific locations and make precise measurements is another perk for people studying the ancient world.  Using global positioning systems (GPS), it is far simpler to find remote locations after doing the appropriate research.  GPS is accurate within a few meters, which means that precision when initiating a search of a wide area is more manageable and can ultimately yield more consistent results.

Advanced Researching Capabilities

Some of the greatest libraries on the planet are working at a fast pace to get all of their collections online for researchers around the world.  No longer will it be necessary to travel halfway around the world to feast your eyes on a particular document—researchers are now able to access crucial material for their studies from wherever they log onto the internet.  This ultimately saves time and resources better put to use in the field.