iDig: A Digital Archaeological Recording Tool

This is an Archive of a Past Event

A demonstration by Bruce Hartzler, IT Specialist at the Athenian Agora Excavations, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

iDig is an innovative digital app that aspires to transform archaeological recording and analysis by enabling archaeologists to record excavation data easily, accurately, and consistently in real time. Both error-checking and on-the-spot analysis are empowered by interactive access to plans, photographs, and the records of previous excavation seasons. iDig was designed at the Athenian Agora by IT Specialist Bruce Hartzler. It has been used in the Agora for five seasons and is being adopted by more international excavation teams with every year that goes by.

Bruce Hartzler has been a staff member of the American School’s excavations at the Athenian Agora since 1998. During this time he has developed the site’s technical infrastructure and directed efforts to digitize the 80+ years of archaeological data, including creating mobile applications for recording in the field, desktop applications for annotating digitized excavation notebooks, and websites for publishing the site’s findings. 

What is iDig?