Brave new world. Combinations of text or hypertext with photos, graphics, sounds or spoken language, video clips and animations offer manifold possibilities to communicate archaeological questions, problems and results. Presentations can be monologic, interactive, dialogic or even multilogic as in chatrooms or electronic marketplaces. Variations as for different interpretations of a find complex or divers levels of knowledge are easily to be produced. Everything can be linked to each other and clearly arranged.|
New technologies are not only good looking items which give archaeology the aura of a modern and really scientific discipline, they can also be used to transmit contents in a different, more comprehensible way or can even create new perspectives in perceiving the past. But how are they used?
Most of the new technologies are used to communicate old contents on electronic ways as web sites with opening hours of museums, scripts which are or could be published in a paper version elsewhere, links to data bases, photos from the latest excavation campaigns or 3 D-reconstructions of ancient walls. New contents is rarely to be found. Why? Because new contents can mainly be created in the field of communicating interpretations; new documentation techniques of archaeological raw data do not fill this gap. For scientific communication purpose only most of the technological possibilities are too expensive and manpower consuming. On a public level, however, trained archaeologists are lacking which are able a) to see different interpretations and transmit them to a non-scientific audience and b) to think within the new technological potential. The intensity and impact of multimedia use is mainly dependent on the combination of money, technical skills, archaeological data and the will to walk on different paths.