University of Southampton OCS (beta), CAA 2012

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“There’s an App for that”: How can smartphones improve the ergonomics of landscape study, analysis and interpretation?
Lawrence Shaw

Last modified: 2011-12-18


The use of Smartphones in everyday life is becoming more commonplace. Improved computing power, memory and wireless network capabilities within modern day mobile devices have aided in the development of interactive and informative applications that were once only available on standalone computers (Onal, 2007). This paper details work carried out as part of a masters dissertation which looked at how these devices and applications can be used to aid the ergonomics of landscape study, analysis and interpretation within archaeology. Focusing on the Stonehenge World Heritage site as a case study, the development of an Apple iOS dedicated application that draws upon data stored within the Archaeological Data Service’s (ADS) database was created. As well as this, a number of quick response (QR) codes were produced for individual monuments found throughout the landscape. This paper looks at how individuals interact with these two types of mobile technologies and the ways in which they aid with the interpretation and understanding of the landscape, as well as assessing which school of theoretical landscape studies these techniques could be used to aid.



Smartphones; Archaeology Data Service; Applications; Apple iOS; Quick Response Codes; Landscape; Interpretation; Thirdspace Thinking; Soja; Stonehenge