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Qualitative Data Analysis in Archaeology: the myth, materiality and memory of the wooden horse of Troy

Thursday 15 September 2016
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Central Hall

Within archaeology, whether they are excavations, osteology projects, or more historical or art-historical oriented analyses, the research often deals with a large and heterogeneous dataset which cannot always be meaningfully analysed by formal, statistical, and quantitative approaches. Furthermore, as the field and our methods becomes more and more interdisciplinary we increasingly work with different types of qualitative data such as various types of imagery, video footage, interviews and other textual sources.

We can try to digitize, equalize and quantify all the data to make them comparable, however there also exists software and methods that respect the value of the specific nature of the data and make them empirically valid for analysis in their original form. In the DAG meeting, I wish to explore and discuss the value of qualitative data analysis and accompanied software (such as MAXQDA, Nvivo, or Atlas.ti) for archaeology. I will do so by using my new postdoc research case study as an example, which is focused on the materialization and perception of the Trojan Horse in Mediterranean history.

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