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When Prehistoric Farming Begins: Kingsmead Quarry, Horton

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Whilst working for Wessex Archaeology, I was privileged to play a minor part in a project which, over the course of numerous seasons of excavation, has proven to be rather exciting. Under the careful management of Gareth Chaffey and Alistair Barclay supported by a broad team of field archaeologists and other specialists, the site at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton (Berks) has given plenty of evidence for life over the last 12,000 years since the last ice age, particularly for Neolithic through to Bronze Age activities. Continue reading




In the wake of the first birthday celebrations, Archaeogeomancy are very pleased to announce a new venture: Paul Cripps is now a consultant for Archaeovision, a new company launched Q4 2013 specialising in 3D recording, imaging and web/data management for the heritage sector. Featuring an impressive portfolio of projects and services, Archaeovision operate world-wide and employ some of the best digital heritage experts in the field.

Archaeovision’s mission statement:

Archaeovision offers innovative solutions to a wealth of problems in the heritage sectors.

We can 3D scan your objects, survey your building, investigate and enhance surface details – from microwear on teeth to coins and monumental inscriptions, build 3D reconstructions of objects and even whole landscapes.

If that wasn’t enough, we can also build you modern, accessible websites for your institution or collection.

Paul says of this new arrangement:

This is a very exciting development and I am looking forward to working with Archaeovision, adding to their already extensive skill base and portfolio of services. Equally, being able to draw on the complimentary skills of the Archaeovision team and their skilled fieldwork staff will add value to projects I already have in the pipeline and provide additional scope for taking on a more diverse range of projects across the world. It is a great pleasure to join their team and work with them to deliver the best digital heritage solutions possible for clients.

Paul can still be contacted and commissioned through Archaeogeomancy for archaeological geomatics services including smaller projects, training and consultancy. He can now also be contacted via Archaeovision, as can the rest of the Archaeovision team, to access their full range of services including 3D, imaging, web and data management.

Festival of British Archaeology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

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

Archaeological Computing Research Group Seminar, May 23rd 2012

I’ve been meaning to have a proper go with Storify for a while now and so have taken the opportunity to document a recent talk I gave and some follow up discussions. As usual, presentation itself is on Slideshare.
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3d Laser Scanning for Heritage; 2nd Edition

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

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.

Heritage in 3D

Following on from my last post, I’ve posted my presentation given at this years CAA UK conference to Slideshare. The subject was the use of terrestrial and airborne laser scanning in heritage contexts and made use of a number of case studies from work, which will shortly be published on the Wessex Archaeology computing blog in more detail. Continue reading

Technology in Archaeology

Some of my colleagues and I were recently interviewed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology about our work and a video to accompany the magazine article is now online as reported by Wessex Archaeology.

I spoke about GIS, survey techniques and laser scanning and the online video includes some footage of a castle scan I’m currently working on. This footage of the laser scan data is a preliminary version of something that will shortly be available on the Wessex Archaeology website as part of some webpages relating to that project. There will be more on this here and over at the Wessex Archaeology blogs.

Laser scanning is becoming increasingly important as a tool for capturing 3D data relating to sites, monuments, buildings and even entire landscapes by using airborne LiDAR systems. Recent projects have been some of the biggest and most detailed to date and the upcoming web pages will reflect this; keep an eye on this site and the Wessex Archaeology blogs.