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iPads at Pompeii. Photo from the University of Cincinnati.

Archaeology and the iPad

There has been much talk over the past few weeks over an article on apple.com called “Discovering Ancient Pompeii with iPad“. In essence a team from the University of Cincinnati are using iPads to replace paper for much of their fieldwork at Pompeii. From email lists, to archaeology and popular tech blogs, the news has […]

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A sample of the Stonehenge WHS LiDAR PTM, which you can illuminate from any direction

Virtual lights, 3D terrains and a bit of Stonehenge

I have just published a blog post on the Wessex Archaeology website entitled Interactive Landscape Relighting. It is about using Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM) in a virtual environment, using LiDAR (airborne laser scanning) to create models of landscapes which can be illuminated by the viewer from any angle.   The post uses part of the […]

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Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is thought to be a 2nd/1st century BC mechanical device for calculating astronomical positions (and thus a very advanced navigational device of its time). It was made somewhere in the Greek-speaking world. Tom Malzbender, one of the inventors of Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM), recently gave a Google Tech Talk entitled “Imaging the […]

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Zoomify is used to show high resolution photos on many of the PAS records

New Portable Antiquities Scheme website and database

After a year in development, the new Portable Antiquities Scheme website and database is now live. The Scheme’s database holds over 500,000 records and about 250,000 photos. These records are contributed by staff, volunteers and the general public. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the […]

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Polynomial Texture Mapping for Archaeologists – Interactive Relighting

This month sees the publication of an article written by myself and Dr Graeme Earl from the University of Southampton’s Archaeological Computing Research Group entitled “Polynomial Texture Mapping for Archaeologists” in the March/April edition of British Archaeology magazine. It is available to download at the bottom of this post. Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM) is a […]

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Archaeopix search results

Archaeopix: a Creative Commons archaeology photo search tool

Alun Salt and I have been working on a new website to help simplify the process of finding archaeology and heritage-related photos that have a Creative Commons license attached to them. Without further ado, introducing… Archaeopix! The homepage features a photo of the day, which we hope to update daily. Clicking “Search” on the navigation […]

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Festival of British Archaeology 2009

Formerly “National Archaeology Week”, the newly named “Festival of British Archaeology 2009” will take place between Saturday 18th July and Sunday 2nd August at venues and sites across the UK. The Festival of British Archaeology (formerly National Archaeology Week) is your unique chance to discover and explore the archaeological heritage of the United Kingdom. During […]

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Lasers and Light

Lasers and Light from Wessex Archaeology on Vimeo. This is an animation that I put together at Wessex Archaeology for the Society of Antiquaries‘ Making History exhibition at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. I posted some more information about the animation over at the Wessex Archaeology Computing Blog, so I won’t repeat myself here!

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Making People Believe text now online

Back in April, I blogged about a new article on archaeological computing written by myself and two colleagues. It is entitled “Making People Believe” and appeared in the 100th edition of the Council for British Archaeology‘s British Archaeology magazine. I am happy to announce that the full text of Making People Believe is now online […]

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