Digitally Recording Excavations on a Budget: A (Low-Cost) DIY Approach from Scotland

Edouard Masson-MacLean* (Corresponding Author), James O'Driscoll, Cathy McIver, Gordon Noble

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The increasing use of digital technologies can provide significant benefits to the excavation and interpretative process in archaeology. Yet, despite major developments in the last two decades, digital recording can still be seen as part of the realm of tech savvy archaeologists, well-funded projects, or larger commercial units who can develop their own recording systems or deploy a pre-existing application. The latter are often expensive and can be technologically challenging to implement, and few of these focus on both context recording and feature drawing. In response, this paper presents an accessible and flexible low-cost DIY digital workflow developed by the Comparative Kingship Project, Scotland, allowing field practitioners to benefit from some of the key advantages of “going digital” without the associated costs or complexities of some of the other systems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595–613
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number8
Early online date2 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2021


  • photogrammetry
  • drone
  • fieldwork
  • database design
  • methods


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