Participants in a summer 2012 workshop at SFI contributed to a recently published paper that defines the 25 defining challenges now before archaeology.
The paper, published January 21 in PNAS and American Antiquity, is the outcome of an NSF-funded effort led by Arizona State University archaeology professor Keith Kintigh to develop recommendations that would enable transformative advances in the field of archaeology.
Kintigh's team solicited suggested challenges from professional archaeologists around the world in the academic, consulting and government sectors, then assembled a group of scholars to augment, vet, and prioritize the suggestions.
Kintigh notes that the challenges are not exclusively archaeological, but are of interest to a broad range of scientists. Likewise, tackling them will often demand transdisciplinary efforts.
Read the paper in American Antiquity (January 21, 2014)
Read the ASU news release (January 21, 2014)