Cástulo: a Test Site for a New Digital Information System

Presenters: Marcelo Castro (Regional Government of Culture and Sport, Junta de Andalucía, Jaén, Spain), Francisco Arias (Archaeological Ensemble of Cástulo, Linares, Spain), María Libertad Serrano (Forvm MMX Project, Linares, Spain), Manolo Serrano Araque (Forvm MMX Project), Ana Martínez Carrillo (Forvm MMX Project)

The site of Cástulo is located near Linares in the province of Jaén, Andalusia, Spain. The site was continuously occupied from prehistory to the sixteenth century CE. Following the short slumber of a few centuries, Cástulo has resurfaced as a new model of community work. Cástulo´s Project Forvm MMX has developed a new system of archaeological documentation, provisionally called TooWaste. The system was created with several concepts in mind: the immediate transmission of archaeological data from the site to database and the creation (and optimization) of a standard work-method for both the site and the laboratory in the museum. The system was designed to allow the simultaneous work of several teams (excavators, supervisors, conservators, and researchers).

The tools used are simple: paper forms with a pattern of micro-dots; a microscanner in a digital pen that allows the device to recognize the field being completed in the database; a smartphone connected to the pen via Bluetooth to receive data; and our server/database, connected via a data connection to the smartphone. There are five different forms for excavators to use depending on the type of information to be recorded: spatial data, drawings, descriptions of stratigraphy, and the inventory of materials found. We are also able to include three-dimensional models in TooWaste using a GIS. These models can be used by researchers to visualize the data collected during excavation. TooWaste also generates a unique QR code for every single artifact in the database, allowing for instant identification of any object and its relationship to the site.