As I was researching for mobile apps that are being used by archaeologists in the field, I happened to come across this Pompeii project. While not exactly what I was searching for, this post discusses a number of interesting abilities that mobile devices can bring to archaeology.
The project is run by Dr. Steven Ellis at the University of Cincinnati and essentially what they are doing is using off-the-shelf data collection apps that make things more readily and easily shared. The author of the post discusses how the information that is collected out in the field, uploaded directly to a website and then is shown in the classroom. From here, the students can go through the latest photos and maps, discuss finds and follow the project.
I think that this is good start to putting technology to work for us in the field of archaeology. If we can more readily store and send information then perhaps the time spent cataloguing and storing artifacts can be cut down immensely. There is already the initiative to digitize archaeology at SA with the barcode system. The introduction of mobile devices could fast track this process by providing each artifact, level, test pit, site with their own barcodes as work is being done rather than in the main facility itself.
Do any of you see how mobile devices could benefit the field of archaeology? Or conversely, do any of you think that introducing mobile devices into the field could do more harm than good?