Monday, June 27, 2016
We are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2016. The resulting Day of Archaeology website will demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world. We want anyone with a personal, professional or voluntary interest in archaeology to get involved, and help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures.
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Monday, June 13, 2016
A new website providing links to archaeological photo spheres is now online.
The purpose of the site is to make these photo spheres easily available and also to encourage people to make archaeological photo spheres and publish them on the site.
You can find the site at: archosphere.eu
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Researchers investigate world’s oldest human footprints with software designed to decode crime scenes
Researchers at Bournemouth University have developed a new software technique to uncover 'lost' tracks, hidden in plain sight at the world's oldest human footprint site in Laetoli (Tanzania). The software has revealed new information about the shape of the tracks and has found hints of a previously undiscovered fourth track-maker at the site.
The Laetoli tracks were discovered by Mary Leakey in 1976 and are thought to be around 3.6 million years old. There are two parallel trackways on the site, where two ancient hominins walked across the surface. One of these trackways was obscured when a third person followed the same path [Credit: Bournemouth University]
The software was developed as part of a Natural Environments Research Council (NERC) Innovation Project awarded to Professor Matthew Bennett and Dr Marcin Budka in 2015 for forensic footprint analysis. They have been developing techniques to enable modern footwear evidence to be captured in three-dimensions and analysed digitally to improve crime scene practice.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Crowdsourcing research by ‘non-specialists’ could help historians investigate big-data archives, and in the process make everyone an expert
Citizen science is a digital method, which has been applied to a range of big-data scientific problems. The Zooniverse is a key player in this; having first sought the help of the crowd in classifying galaxies almost a decade ago, it now boasts 47 different projects with well over a million users. The projects hosted on their site have been bringing to the forefront concerns over who exactly is allowed to participate in science.
Even though the hierarchical structure of professional science still remains within most citizen science platforms (with the exception of the extreme citizen science movement), they have had the result of giving everyone access to the raw data of research, and an opportunity to demonstrate and develop expertise.
The methods of citizen science are now starting to be used for humanities projects. Citizen Humanities is opening up the vast archives of history to the public. A repercussion of this development is that it leads to questions as to who gets to participate in researching history, and what it means to be an expert.
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Friday, April 22, 2016
One of three replicas of Oetzi the Iceman created for teaching purposes by Gary Staab, from resin and mixed media. Photo: http://www.staabstudios.com/
Scientists presented Wednesday a life-sized copy, made using a 3D printer, of Oetzi the mummified 5,000-year-old "iceman" found in the Alps 25 years ago.
Pre-existing CT scans were used to make the resin replica which was then sculpted and hand-painted by US artist Gary Staab over many months, the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, where Oetzi is housed, said.
"The reconstruction of the hands was a challenge, since they could not be captured on CT scans," the museum in Bolzano, northern Italy said.Read the rest of this article...
Thursday, March 3, 2016
For several years now, EMAS study tours have included a brochure that gives basic information about the sites visited and can sometimes even help as an aide memoire when you look at the photos that you took on the trip.
Printed brochures are fine, but they have their limitations. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could include additional material, such as short videos?
Well, thanks to modern technology, they can.
If you have an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, you can use an amazing free app called Aurasma.
With this app you can view images that have added content and your mobile device will show you the added video.
The brochure that will accompany the EMAS study tour “Castles of North Wales” will be the first of these brochures to include such content.
p.s. if you have followed the instructions on the web page and want to check that everything is working, try viewing the imageat the top of this page.