The Archaeologist Undeceived

Paul Sturges, Anne Griffin
InSITE 2003  •  Volume 3  •  2003
The amount of unreliable information and actual misinformation available via the Internet makes its use problematic for academic purposes, particularly in a data-intensive discipline such as archaeology. Whilst there are many sources for reviews of websites, few apply the type of criteria most appropriate to archaeology. Information and library professionals have developed sets of criteria that can be adapted for the evaluation of archaeological websites. An evaluative tool for archaeological websites, using al-ready-available criteria, was developed and tested on twenty archaeological web sites. It proved capable of allowing its user to make clear distinctions between sites on the basis of quality. Further refining of the evaluative tool is possible on the basis of testing by both archaeologists and information professionals.
archaeology, evaluation, Internet, quality, web sites
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