The University of York (UK) invited the “Atari Burial Ground” archaeologists to speak via Skype at the recent conference, Digital Heritage Meets Interactive Storytelling. Bill Caraher and I were able to do the call, and you can click HERE to listen/download the 67MB MP3 (which is an hour-and-a-quarter long).
Because the conference dealt with narratives, Bill and I talked about all of the different stories embodied by the Atari excavation in Alamogordo, New Mexico in April 2014. How many layers of narrative were there, who were sharing these stories, and why? The talk is less about the archaeology itself, and more about how reality becomes myth and back again, and how the archaeologists, media, and public communicated what happened at the game-burial and eventual recovery and sale of the cartridges.
Bill and I would like to thank the DHIS organizers Romana Turina and Tara Copplestone for inviting us to speak. We enjoyed it, and hope the conference delegates in York did, too.
-Andrew Reinhard, Archaeogaming