MINA | Map Indian Archaeology is a project made during Michigan State University's Institute for Digital Archaeology Method and Practice. MINA is 'proof-of-concept' for a Web-based platform that facilitates deeper insights into Indian archaeology. It is premised on the view that the present state of things influences our knowledge and interpretation of the past. By making this relationship between present and past explicit, we can reframe current understandings and promote new empirical research in Indian archaeology.
MINA draws attention to the isssue of disciplinary silos, and begins to address these concerns in the practice of Indian archaeology. Specifically,
(1) the oversight in development of appropriate digital methods and technologies in archaeology, particularly Web-based visualization;
(2) the challenges in promoting digital methods and practice for post-colonial societies
MINA brings together Web-mapping tools, geovisualization and published archaeology reports. A key source is Indian Archaeology - a Review (IAR) compliled by the Archaeological Survey of India (or Survey), the national department for archaeology and hertiage management in India. IAR documents field collection throughout India every twelve months.
The locations (i.e. latitude and longitude) for each investigation were generated using a geocoder. They are accurate to roughly 1 degree or approximately 100 kilometers. As such, the data are best suited for national scale analysis.
MINA is a work-in-progress and welcomes collaboration from interested scholars