Shine On: part two

In the afternoon Graham Festenstein, lighting consultant, kicked off a discussion about using lighting as a tool for interpretation. New technology, he said,  especially LED, presents new opportunities, “new revolution” in lighting. It’s smaller, with better optics, and control. And also more affordable! He used cave paintings as an example.

What Ötzi the Iceman’s Voice Sounded Like

Mark Noble played Ötzi in the BBC’s “The Icemand Murder” (2005). Now Italian scientists have recreated the iceman’s voice. Ötzi the Iceman, the world’s favorite prehistoric mummy, has been subjected to every scientific test imaginable, since his remains were discovered poking out of a glacier high in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, a team of Italian researchers has reconstructed Ötzi’s vocal cords and used it to reproduce what his voice may have sounded like.Read more...

DPC Announces ‘Making Progress with Digital Preservation Roadshows for 2016, Registration Open

The DPC is pleased to announce the schedule for its ‘Making Progress with Digital Preservation’ roadshow series for 2016, which will visit Dublin, Edinburgh and London. Registration is now open for all events. About ‘Making Progress….’ The day long ‘Making Progress...’ roadshow moves beyond initial steps outlined in the DPC’s ‘Getting Started…’ series to help participants establish sustainable digital preservation programmes and make informed preservation decisions.

Shine On: New Perspectives on Museum Lighting

Yesterday I attended a workshop organised by the museums association and hosted by Stephen Cannon-Brookes, of UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and lighting consultant. I was there for work, but found it useful for my studies too. To be honest, it wasn’t all about “New Perspectives” as such, it covered a lot of the the established ground too. But for a non expert like me, that was incredibly useful.

strategic foresight|design thinking – class launched

Today we launched our new online class with Stanford Continuing Studies – [Link]. Strategic Foresight and Design Thinking Here’s how Tamara (Carleton) and I describe what we have to offer: “We live in an interconnected world where the old answers don’t seem to apply, where even successful businesses need to embrace radical change, where global challenges demand collaboration and innovation on a new scale, where choices seem overwhelming.

Call for papers

And another CAA is approaching! Deadline for paper abstracts: 28th of October ———————————————————————— The next International conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2017 – will be held between March 14th and 16th, 2017 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA.

Wondergadget Allows Researchers To Read a Charred Biblical Scroll 

“Virtual unwrapping” has revealed text from the book of Leviticus inside an ancient scroll.. (Image: Seales et al./Science Advances)For over forty years, archaeologists have longed to peek inside a badly damaged ancient scroll found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Now an international team of scientists has managed to do so by virtually unrolling the scroll, revealing the text hidden deep within: the first few verses from the book of Leviticus. Read more...

Needles in the haystack: Geophysical methods in challenging conditions

Your weekly conference videos. Check in every Wednesday to see some great presentations on many different topics: Session abstract Lars Gustavsen, Christer Tonning, Arne Anderson Stamnes, Erich Nau, Monica Kristiansen The development of geophysical techniques for archaeological purposes has largely taken place in areas where archaeological features tend to be pronounced, well-defined and, arguably, easily detected by geophysical instruments.

Still haven’t found what I’m looking for – but this might be closest

Ok. Maybe this is a good idea. Problem: You want your students to keep track of their research in an open notebook. You don’t want to faff with jekyll and anything too complicated. You don’t know what kinds of machines your students will have, so it’s got to be cross-platform. Perhaps a solution: Student creates a new folder on their machine called ‘open notebook’. Student downloads MDWiki (download link) Student unzips the mdwiki.

Digital Preservation Manager Vacancy with Tate

Post:                            Digital Preservation Manager Salary:                         £33,010 per annum (Inclusive of a £2,500 per annum Market Rate Allowance) Contract:                     Permanent, Full-time Location:                     Millbank, London Closing date:             Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 17.

Mobilizing the Past: The Blurb for the Book

I’m pretty excited that Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future is almost ready and will appear next month from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. We’re sorting through some last minute edits, getting the online component finalized, and starting to spread the word. As part of that, do check out the book blurb and the table of contents below the cover.

Damned progress 

I haven’t written a post for some time. And I’ll be frank, it because I’m struggling with the stories at Chawton. (As well as dealing with the last couple of weeks of the school holidays, and making a run to Southampton Uni, for work, on my day off – but that’s another story.) My struggles have made me think about the whole philosophy of heritage storytelling.

Archaeologists Discover Perfectly Preserved 168-Year-Old Ship in the Arctic Sea

“Perilous Position of HMS ‘Terror’, Captain Back, in the Arctic Regions in the Summer of 1837" by William Smyth R.N.An arctic research mission claims that it’s discovered the HMS Terror, one of two Franklin Expedition ships that sunk during a doomed attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage. Incredibly, the 168-year-old wreck would probably not have been found if it weren’t for information provided by an indigenous crew member. Read more...