iDig – Recording Archaeology | Best Apps and Games 28 March,2020

iDig – Recording Archaeology

iDig is a tool for archaeologists. It has been developed and field-tested at the Athenian Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (

Other projects participating in the development of iDig in Greece include: American/Greek excavations at the Ismenion sanctuary (Thebes), Swiss excavations at Eretria and Amarynthos (Euboia), Belgian/Dutch fieldwork at Thorikos, Greek underwater survey in the Argo-Saronic Gulf, and British excavations at Keros.

iDig is designed to produce digital records in the field and is heavily optimized for excavation workflows.

iDig connects wirelessly to Leica Total Stations and keeps excavation data in sync on multiple iPads, streamlining collaboration during the excavation process.

Scanned drawings and plans can be quickly imported and georeferenced right in the app. Custom fields can be added and excavation records from previous seasons can be imported and connected to the current work for real-time data integration.

Using animation, an excavator can see and track data from different perspectives: top plan, cross section, and spatial and temporal matrix layouts.

Excavation data can be exported in standard formats from the built-in web server and reports can be saved incrementally using simple URL bookmarks.

The version of iDig released here contains unpublished data from two trenches excavated in 2013. The formal study of this data will be published in Hesperia, the official journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (

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