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Jacob Deppen

Archaeology PhD student

Jacob received his BA in Anthropology from The Ohio State University in 2008 and his MA from UW in 2010. Jacob has participated in a variety of field projects in places such as southwest Ohio, eastern Hungary, Puget Sound, and, since 2014, Mallorca. His dissertation research is related to some of the major goals of the LEIA Project. His work seeks to better understand how increased interaction between Mallorcan and Punic peoples may have led to changes in local Mallorcan society during the Late Iron Age. He is specifically studying how local hand-made pottery traditions may have changed after the introduction of foreign wheel-made vessels.

On digital technologies in archaeology...

Digital technologies allow me to think differently about the scale at which data is collected and stored as well as the speed at which it is analyzed. For instance, taking advantage of technology has allowed the LEIA Project team to record dozens of attributes for more than 16,000 ceramic artifacts without a single paper form and to have this data immediately accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. This means that it is already in a format ready to be summarized, explored, and shared in novel ways using other digital tools designed to easily handle these large datasets.