Much of what we know about the ancient world has been unearthed through archaeological excavations. With handheld picks, trowels and tape measures, archaeologists have unearthed the past. Yet ironically, many of their findings have remained buried, trapped on paper records in dusty basements, largely inaccessible to other researchers. But today, archaeologists on some of the world’s highest-profile digs are capturing details of their discoveries in the field and bringing them to light using FileMaker Go for iPad.
"We document what we excavate on the spot with FileMaker Go for iPad, recording the data using established scientific principles," says Michael Jennings, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago. "Now, everything we find is instantly digitized, searchable and sharable."
Traditionally, archeologists have relied on paper logs, lugging hefty binders around the world on airplanes. Data is sometimes lost, or findings are affected by illegible handwriting. Information gathered in the field is often not entered into a computer until researchers are back home, thousands of miles from the site and months away from memories of the initial find. According to Jennings, time wasted in manual data entry is better spent analyzing finds and making discoveries accessible to other researchers.