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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.

St Andrew’s, Holcombe – geomatics and geophysics in action!

Archaeological Survey at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset

Archaeological Survey at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Total Station Theodolites (TST), Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)

There are still some places left on tomorrow’s geomatics and geophysics and RTI events over at St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe, Somerset; see the project website for full details.

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).

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