In 2000 a major archaeological discovery made by a team led by paleontologist Paul Sereno opened a window onto the “Green Sahara,” a moment of time that spanned 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. Called Gobero after the local Tuareg name for the area, the discovery revealed a suite of closely-spaced archaeological sites preserved in two kinds of settings—paleodune and paleolake deposits. These sites document a 5000-year-long drama of changing climate and changing cultures. (From the website).
The online archaeological project in OCHRE exemplifies how archaeologists can organize, display and make accessible a broad range of information, data and images including CT scans of burials and associated paleontologic and geologic data.
The OCHRE database has allowed for the input of archaeological and paleontological legacy data with ease and sophistication because of the expert advice and assistance of OCHRE project personnel. Particularly useful is the integration of diverse data across disciplines with 3D-mapping features for individual sites at adjustable scale. Organizing, viewing, and making accessible online data displayed in this way will lead toward a more collaborate future.