The call for papers is now out for the Digital Past 2014 conference, now in its sixth year. Time really has flown since I was privileged to speak at the first conference back in 2009 and the conference has grown in strength year on year. The main themes this time are Technical Survey and Deliverables, two excellent subject areas. Continue reading
The latest issue of GIM International contains a feature article on one of the projects I managed for Wessex Archaeology. The article talks about some of the tools, techniques and technologies used on this and other archaeological survey projects these days.
Archaeologists nowadays have a broad range of geomatics tools and techniques available to help them in their work. Whilst measuring tapes and dumpy levels are still essential instruments found on archaeological sites across the world, many projects now include Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), robotic Total Station Theodolites (TST) and a variety of photographic and photogrammetric methods. Spatial data is then handled in 2D and 3D using CAD and GIS. These modern tools allow archaeologists to record our heritage with greater precision and faster than ever before whilst producing rich spatial data for visualisation and analysis.
For more information on the project, see the Wessex Archaeology case study.
For more information on the castle itself, see the website of the Friends of Sandsfoot Castle and the Rodwell Trail.
And don’t forget there are a whole series of talks, opportunities to speak to some real life archaeologists and a flying demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), all on this Saturday afternoon (21st July).
This year, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology, I am very lucky to be managing a dream geomatics project which has a load of associated special events for the Festival. As a frustrated pilot and a well known geek, I love my gadgets, particularly those which fly. Well, this year, all my Christmas’s have come at once. Continue reading
Well, conference over, dust settled, time for some reflection. Overall, another rip-roaring success with some really interesting talks and a thoroughly entertaining plenary from Jeremy Huggett (as blogged by Orla Murphy). Social media was everywhere this year and whilst there is still room for imrovement in how such channels are integrated into the conference as a whole, this years organising committee have certainly set the bar high for Perth next year.
A fuller review of the sessions I was involved in is forthcoming, but in the meantime, my talks are all now online on Slideshare and presented below.
The programme for the CAA conference is now online. Entitled Three-dimensional archaeology; recording, analysis and visualisation, the session I am co-organising with Geoff Avern was heavily oversubscribed, receiving over 30 submissions, which I would argue demonstrates the current interest in this field with technologies such as Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Close Range Laser Scanning (CRLS), structured light, structure from motion and photogrammetric techniques becoming more accessible to archaeologists. Continue reading
The 2012 conference in rapidly approaching and next year, unlike the past few years, it is being held close to home, for me at least; hosted by the Archaeological Computing Research Group at the University of Southampton.
Geoff Avern and I are running a session looking at 3D archaeology and since the call for papers has been extended, there is still time to get a paper in should you wish to via the online submissions system. Continue reading
As I posted recently, the new revised edition of the laser scanning guidance from English Heritage has now been published.
The new version features features three case studies based on Wessex Archaeology projects. More information on these projects can be found on the geomatics case studies pages at the Wessex Achaeology website.
The document can be downloaded as a pdf from the English Heritage website here.