Multimedia and Hypermedia

The terms 'multimedia' (and 'hypermedia') and 'new media' emerged in computer science circles in the 1980s (For an excellent introduction to the subject and stringent definitions see Steinmetz 2000, especially 695-742).


In the humanities, George Landow and Theodor Nelson have done some of the most extraordinary and pioneering work (Landow 1992, 1997, Nelson 1981, 1987).
Archaeologists, too, have responded and, every year, more multimedia tools are being used in our publications, documentation and communication with colleagues. The transition is remarkable and is allowing us to collect, process, store and disseminate archaeological data with never-before-achieved speed, facility and accuracy (Biehl 2002: 148).