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THE CAERE PROJECT
M
y more recent work has focused
on new ways of representing infor-
mation through text markup rather than
databases. The Caere Project (http://
www.progettocaere.rm.cnr.it/) was star
t-
ed in 1996 in order to use an archaeologi-
cal information system to study an ancient
Etruscan town. Excavations had not been
performed in urban areas of the town until
the 1980s and the data were recorded in
databases and analysed with statistical meth-
ods. This year, the excavations have begun
again; records have been computerised from
the outset and newer GPS and georeference
data have been used to complement former
excavation diaries. The project integrates
all our previous experience in computing
archaeology: databases, graphics, digital car-
tography, GIS, statistical analysis and a new
area, the electronic encoding of archaeo-
logical texts.
E
xcavation diaries of the 1980s contain
precise information, therefore the dif-
ferences between storing information in
databases and encoding the texts direct-
ly became apparent. Databases are reduc-
tive; the fields must be pre-defined, whereas
Current excavations at the Roman Forum
All
Pictur
es

Daisy
Abbott,

HA
TII,

Uni
v
er
sity
of
Glasgo
w
,

2004