Communicating Archaeology

But what else can multimedia do to better communicate archaeology? Let’s start with the way archaeology is published. Martin Carver has recently laid out how ‘open access’ will dramatically change the way archaeology will be published and communicated in the near future (see Carver 2007). But still, the vast majority of archaeological texts is published ‘traditionally’ in paper form in journals or books and count on passive readers. The author has the sole voice and the texts usually do not incite the reader to think about new ways of reading or thinking about archaeological data. In hypertext, on the other hand, the reader is forced to make choices and decisions and to become implicated in the construction of an account or interpretation of textual and visual material. In ‘hypertext archaeology’ the reader can click and move out of a text and search for references within a global network of information. The widespread availability and low cost of digital information flow also allows us to disseminate and communicate easily across international borders.