Lenssen-Erz, Tilman, Faeder, Eymard, Jesse, Friederike and Wilmeroth, Joana (2018). Digital Management of Rock Art: the African Archaeology Archive Cologne (AAArC). Afr. Archaeol. Rev., 35 (2). S. 285 - 299. NEW YORK: SPRINGER. ISSN 1572-9842

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Archaeology is a costly and object-affine practice requiring sophisticated technical equipment, and therefore is largely initiated and run from industrialised countries. Accordingly, also data and objects are largely lodged in these countries. In rock art, this leads to the paradoxical situation that many motifs and sites with outstanding prehistoric art are better known and more often shown in northern hemisphere urban centres than in the global south rural areas where the art in fact is found. This paper will focus on the possibilities and benefits of a digital archive in making pictures, data and other archaeological source material accessible anytime from everywhere. An open online archive will in the long run flatten the hierarchical order of access to the results of archaeological research and heritage archiving. Today, this is still concentrated in the western metropoles and rarest in African hinterlands. The open access to thousands of pictures will facilitate dissemination of motifs in particular since the distribution of smartphones and network coverage are ever growing particularly in Africa's rural areas. The African Archaeology Archive Cologne (AAArC), being licenced under Creative Commons, provides open access to tens of thousands of rock art photos and to the enormous Brandberg-Daureb Data Base that contains 39,000+ rock art figures. Additionally AAArC stores all kinds of digital archaeological products from across Africa (mainly Sudan, Algeria, Chad and Namibia), including audio and film documentary.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-184111
DOI: 10.1007/s10437-018-9303-5
Journal or Publication Title: Afr. Archaeol. Rev.
Volume: 35
Number: 2
Page Range: S. 285 - 299
Date: 2018
Publisher: SPRINGER
Place of Publication: NEW YORK
ISSN: 1572-9842
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
CULTURAL-HERITAGEMultiple languages
Anthropology; ArchaeologyMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/18411


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