Category Archives: Publication

Academic Referencing and citations made even easier

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d-221 books by az

I’ve been using Mendeley now for a long time and as one of their advisors, I am a keen advocate of the platform. It makes my life so much easier through managing my references, my pdf collection, it’s ability to gather references from online resources, mobile app support (I use Scholarley until an official app emerges) and the very neat plugin for MS Word to add and format citations.

RefMe - The free web and mobile tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies

RefMe – The free web and mobile tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies

But when it comes to hard copy, there is no other solution than to manually create an entry in Mendeley. Till now. I’ve signed up with RefMe which has a handy mobile app which can scan bar codes on published works and generate references automatically. Even better, it can then output these references to Mendeley. RefMe offers a whole bunch of other functionality too but for me, I don’t need another reference manager. Being able to generate references in my Mendeley database using the tools RefMe provides is, however, just plain brilliant. Continue reading

Archaeological survey at Sandsfoot Castle; recording one of Henry VIII’s castles

GIM 09/2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle

GIM International, September 2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle

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.

Historic Churches – the conservation and repair of ecclesiastical buildings

Church Tower

Church Tower

A new publication from Cathedral Communications Ltd is now available online. Some really interesting case studies and relevant information for anyone working on historic ecclesiastical buildings.

The 19th annual edition of Historic Churches is now available in print and online. Covering subjects ranging from salt crystallisation in historic masonry to church conservation in India, the latest edition brings you 56 pages of conservation expertise, church history and useful contacts

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Day of Archaeology

Day of Archaeology 2012

Day of Archaeology 2012, logo by Glenn Hustler of Enkyad Heritage Media. Used under CC License.

Just finished taking a bit of time away from finishing CAA papers to do a blog for the Day of Archaeology, which is now published here and talks about some of the crazy fun things I did today.

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CAA 2012 Southampton

Computer applications and quantitative methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2012

CAA 2012 Southampton

CAA 2012 Southampton

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

Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft have followed Google and their Google Scholar search tool into the academic arena with the Microsoft Academic Search platform. Based on a whole range of experimental technologies being developed by the software giant, the platform promises much for those of us interested in academic research. Continue reading

Interactive Landscape Relighting

There’s a short article in the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society’s Archaeology Special Interest Group Spring 2011 Newsletter looking briefly at how archaeologists can investigate landscapes using digital techniques, co-authored by Tom Goskar and myself. Using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) techniques it is possible to look in detail at surface morphology of Digital Surface Models (DSMs) by creating Polynomial Texture Maps (PTMs) representing parts of or even entire landscapes which can then be dynamically relit, a process Tom has named Interactive Landscape Relighting. Continue reading