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John Wallrodt

Archaeological Blogging Questions

Fleur Schinning, a graduate student at Leiden University, is asking for responses to a questionnaire she has devised about your use of various archaeological blogs (including this one). It doesn’t take long so take a look here: and you might even get six issues of Archaeology Magazine.

Mobilizing the Past Workshop Videos

I can hardly describe how useful the Mobilizing the Past: The Potential of Digital Archaeology workshop was last weekend. The organizers: Erin Averett, Derek Counts, Jody Gordon, and Michael Toumazou built a solid schedule of talks with a very tight thematic focus. I don’t know when I learned more in a single weekend.

Mobilizing the Past

At the end of February  (27-28) I will be attending the Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future workshop at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. The workshop is organized by members of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus, where they have been using a “digital notebook” since 2012.

Registry of Research Data Repositories

The Registry of Research Data Repositories ( is hosting a database of over 900 data repositories that cover “all academic disciplines.” The Registry is funded by the German Research Foundation and is comprised of all German institutes. However, to be included, the repository must have an English GUI to their website.

Google Glass at Corinth

From the ASCSA website: Regular members of the ASCSA began excavation on April 7 south of the museum and Temple E with the goal to unite the conserved portions of the Frankish area with the ‘plateia’ south of the museum.  This area will be open to the public once the area is consolidated.

FileMaker Go and iOS 7 Bug

According to FileMaker there is an issue between iOS 7 (due to be released on Sept 18) and FileMaker Go that affects the creation of a unique UUID number, which has the potential to wreak havoc on databases that rely on that unique number for syncing.

iPads at PKAP

It is hard to believe that anybody that reads this blog doesn’t read Bill Caraher’s Archaeology of the Mediterranean World blog but in case you haven’t noticed he has a summary of his iPad experience at PKAP. This past summer my excavation on Cyprus experimented with using iPads to document our excavations in the field.

New Article on PARP:PS CAD Structure

Gregory Tucker is our CAD specialist at PARP:PS. He and I have written a brief article for the CSA Newsletter titled Rethinking CAD Data Structures – Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia. Harrison Eiteljorg, the CSA Director, created the CSA Layer Naming Convention for  documenting complex architecture from archaeological sites.

Anvil Academic Offers Data Visualization Prize

There is a contest being run by Anvil Academic, a new digital scholarly publisher. The deadline is December 31, 2013. Get your data going. Anvil Academic and Dickinson College Commentaries announce the availability of a $1,000 prize for the best scholarly visualization of data in the field of classical studies submitted during 2013.

Distributable Archaeological Apps

This post is a general call for information. I am trying to gather enough information to create a current list of software available to archaeologists. This software can be commercial or free, but it should be distributable (that is, custom software written for national archaeological organizations that can’t be distributed won’t be listed here).

CAA 2013

Once again PARP:PS is represented at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference, this year in Perth. This is the third presentation of our paperless work at this conference and for a bizarre set of reasons, the third one that I will miss.

Bar Charts in Google Earth from FileMaker

One of our graduate students here at UC is investigating the movement of artifacts from the origin to archaeological find spot. She had been gathering her data in a FileMaker Pro database and wanted to be able to visualize the quantity of material either sourced or found in various cities.