Deep Time is our exciting new mission to identify previously unknown archaeological sites from aerial LiDAR images using a combination of Collective and Artificial intelligence. Together, we’re boldly going where no archaeologists have ever gone before!
Funded by Nesta’s Collective Intelligence Programme, our very first Deep Time mission will investigate a 220km squared area in County Durham. To do it, we have recruited a team of 100 Pastronauts who are the ‘Collective Intelligence’ behind Deep Time.
This course provides the training that Pastronauts need in order to search for sites, record discoveries, and validate each others’ findings using the Deep Time Map Portal.
It also explains how Pastronauts will help to train an AI, which will then put its learning into practice to scour vast landscapes to identify previously unknown sites across – a task which cannot be achieved using people-power alone.
In some cases, we’ll head out into the field for a closer look, and in turn we’ll feedback cleaned-up data to help the AI learn from its mistakes. To paraphrase Mr Spock, ‘It’s archaeology Jim – but not as we know it’!