Old Stone Age
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Technology

Over the last decades, Harold Dibble and Shannon McPherron have written a number of programs to bring technological solutions to problems of the excavation, data collection and analysis of archaeological collections. Our philosophy from the start has been to apply technology to make archaeology more efficient and at the same time less error prone. We have also innovated new ways to collect and analyze data to say something about site formation processes.

Throughout it all, we have made a concerted effort to publish our methods and to share the programs freely. We write programs for our own research, but we have also tried to find ways to keep them generalized enough that other can use them as well.

On this web site, we have posted our software. It has been a challenge to keep this software running over the years with all the changes in operating systems, programming languages and hardware. As a result, some of our programs are reaching their end. In the mean time, we are looking for ways to given them new life. For instance, we are now re-writing our EDM software in Python in an effort to make it cross-platform and open source.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have question about these programs or how to computerize your project.