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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid creates a digital public archaeology laboratory

Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have created an open archaeological laboratory that aims to integrate a broad sector of the population into the digitization, analysis, and dissemination process of the archaeological heritage documented in Madrid.

This laboratory, created with help from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, will provide an opportunity for the local population to get to know the archaeological heritage of Madrid and its management, as well as contribute to research and the free, open dissemination of the findings. In addition to this, it provides participants with the opportunity to receive the basic training needed to start archaeological research.

Sheet with vector drawings of ceramics
Sheet with vector drawings of ceramic materials from the Roman levels of the rural settlement of El Rasillo (Barajas). Image courtesy of Jesús Bermejo Tirado.

A volunteer program was launched within the framework of this project, led by Jesús Bermejo Tirado from the UC3M’s Institute of Culture and Technology, as part of this Open Digital Archaeology Laboratory (LADA). The activity has just begun and is planned to continue until May 2022. People interested in the project will meet for two hours a week to work on archaeological materials linked to various archaeological projects within Madrid.

Volunteers will receive training in different areas, including archaeology and digital humanities, archaeology in the Madrid area, digital tools, open-access databases, CAD software, geographic information systems (QGIS), and in design and management of research in digital formats.

All of the work undertaken by volunteers will be integrated into an open-access project and their efforts will be recognized in the credits of these publications so that they can serve as a record of their participation.

For more information, visit here.

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