Evolution Beach has a pretty good run down of available iphone apps that archaeologists would be interested in using.
I have google earth installed, but I haven’t had much of a use for it yet. It’s too slow on my 2G iphone and google maps does most of what I need on the iphone. I also have Stars installed, for those late nights spent sleeping on the roof and stargazing. I have an Arabic translator that I haven’t tried out much yet and various camera applications that make my iphone photos a bit more interesting.
There aren’t any archaeology-specific iphone apps yet though, and if I had Bill and Ted’s phone booth, I might consider developing a couple. Unfortnately I’ve never met my way rad future self, so I’ll just put this out in the ether for a more enterprising lass to develop.
I’d love a survey program–like a modified, light-weight garmin that would tell you how many steps/meters you’ve slogged and in which direction, indicate when you’ve reached the end of your line, and would beep for your mandatory shovel test. Then a very simple form would pop up, giving a series of yes/no questions and then offer to take a photo of the scene. There are a couple of programs that do parts of these things, but not all of it. It’d be a nice visual aid for the completion of paperwork at the end of the day.
I’ve already posted about the kind of functionality I’d really like, and I know there are several projects in the works to provide spatially located historical/archaeological information and we’ll see how it all shakes out in the end in respect to my dissertation. Right now I’m just battling over keeping my basic premises intact without getting my Catal research yanked out from underneath me. Wish me luck!