Digital Excavations: Text mining approaches for a better archaeology
Archaeology has a persistent problem with continued nationalist discourse appearing in our
narratives about the past, and it is vital to understand how this discourse developed and
evolved over decades. We use techniques from the digital humanities and data science to analyse this discourse, which serves two purposes. Firstly, we see this as an initial step in developing a long-term collaboration between experts in the digital humanities and archaeology, a discipline which is currently lacking a recent in-depth historiographical analysis. We are developing approaches to provide one, drawing on expertise at Linnaeus University and through a collaboration with the editor of Antiquity, one of the most important (and long-standing) peer reviewed archaeology journals. Secondly, the digital humanities are currently under-utilized within archaeology, and we hope to demonstrate their
applicability in order to inspire future similar collaborations.