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December 13, 2012

CONTACT: Heather Metzger
The Biblical Archaeology Society
Phone: 1.800.221.4644 ext. 236
Fax: 202-364-2636
E-mail: hmetzger@bib-arch.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 13, 2012)— How can 21st-century archaeologists develop recording equipment, analytical methods, visualization tools and data-sharing structures that can serve as a touchstone for the history of all peoples? Archaeologists need a new pragmatic approach that will enable everyone to engage the past as fairly and impartially as possible. The answer is Cyber-Archaeology.

The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) presents its newest free eBook: Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land: The Future of the Past. In this free eBook, pioneering researchers at the University of California, San Diego’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) have developed cutting-edge archaeological methods to create a new and more objective future of the past. Cyber-Archaeology offers a way forward in a world where thinking, perceiving and interacting with the world are so closely tied to information technology.

In this free eBook, archaeologists and researchers from UC San Diego’s Calit2, led by Professor Thomas Levy, reveal the future of archaeology through their groundbreaking Cyber-Archaeology research at the site of Faynan, Jordan (Biblical Punon). This free eBook shows how Cyber-Archaeology provides objective insights into some of the most heavily debated subjects in Biblical archaeology, including the historicity of Biblical kings David and Solomon.

In this free eBook, learn how archaeologists can collect and curate data more accurately and in real-time while avoiding the pitfalls of a “data avalanche.” Read how new visualization technologies allow anyone to see a site as it was excavated in the field from start to finish, thereby enabling researchers to collaborate, discuss and propose questions together in a fully immersive environment as if they were standing at the site during the excavation.

Because people think in 3D, visualizing archaeological data in three dimensions opens up new opportunities to study, interpret and experience the past. Cyber-Archaeology provides a remarkable tool for bringing people together who are concerned about their own and the world’s cultural heritage. Archaeologists around the world will benefit from the pioneering research being done in Faynan, Jordan, by the Calit2 team.

Discover 21st-century archaeological methods in this free eBook. By presenting a diverse and integrated toolkit—including GPS, Light Detection and Ranging Laser Scanning, unmanned aerial drones, 3D artifact scans, CAVE visualization environments and collaborative online databases—this free eBook serves as the authoritative guide for archaeologists and archaeology enthusiasts who want to see the future of the past.

Discover the future of the past with your free copy of Thomas E. Levy, Neil G. Smith, Mohammad Najjar, Thomas A. DeFanti, Albert Yu-Min Lin, and Falko Kuester’s Cyber-Archaeology in the Holy Land: The Future of the Past.

This FREE eBook may be downloaded by visiting:

www.biblicalarchaeology.org/cyber