Archaeology, or archeology, is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture (Wikipedia).
Archaeology (n.): the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains (Dictionary).
For this Digital Archaeology Project, a group of students (Elsa Baumgartner, Abby Buchholz, Kendall Resnick, and Emma Snyder) took apart a Dell Inspiron 14Z-5423 laptop and each student claimed three parts study in the vein of archaeology. These parts had some sort of identification label specific to them that the group was asked to analyze. This analysis was done with the intentions of sourcing back each individual part of the laptop to its place of manufacturing. In the end, each part has been appropriately labeled, identified, paired with a story of its creation, and connecetd to a specific factory address.
An additional piece of this project included the creation of a map that could give an overview of the specific factories that the group had discovered along their archaeological analyses. Lastly, the group was asked to give a presentation to explain how they came to their conclusions and tell the story of their parts as a whole.
The intentions of this website in relation to this project, also known as the Digital Archaeology Project for DGST-101 (Introduction to Digital Studies), are vast. First, this site serves to showcase the findings of each individual student as labeled above. Secondly, you will be able to access the completed map with the factory locations labeled with the part that was manufactured there, which can be found in "Mapping Our Device." Using the Browse page, you can go more in depth and see all the parts of the Dell Inspiron 14Z-5423 and see the information as it was collected by the students.