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Archaeology 4.0: Archaeology in the Third Era of Computing

Florian Thiery

We are in the middle of the digital transformation era, which, as a digital revolution, aects society in economic as well as
in scientic terms. This digital revolution as a third part of industrial revolution is based on digital technologies that have
already become established in individual stages in various areas of life. Terms such as Industry 4.0, Work 4.0 and Web 4.0 are
lived reality in our digital society.

Archeology has also undergone a digital transformation from an analogous science to an Archaeology 4.0. Starting with an
analogue era, in which research data was kept in books, followed by a digital era in which digitization progresses and data are
published on the WWW, followed by a semantic era, in which semantic modelling and publication of Linked Data is reality,
we end up in a knowledge era, in which the analysis and the creation of new knowledge through machines will be reality.

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