Happy new year readers! I am glad to say that we have arrived in Berlin and are settling in. So far we have been exploring the areas around us and awing at the amazing architecture. The city has been fairly quiet (except for an incredibly large amount of fireworks on New Years), so we have mostly been walking around the streets. I have found a Digital Humanities group that that has certain events in Berlin.
I’ve been living in South Africa for the past 13 years. I did my high school, bachelors and post-graduate studies here. I’ve had a wonderful time during my stay in a country so full of beautiful scenery and archaeology, wrapped in the hearts of so many cultures. I’ve made some amazing friendships and memories. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in our life.
I am glad to announce that our latest meetup was an awesome one. 12 individuals (including the speakers) made it to the event. Pizza, beer and coffee were consumed and awesome talks took place. Our guest speaker Viktor, amazed us with great knowledge and humour. He focused his talk on the Paleo’s digital renaissance currently taking place.
I am organising another computational archaeology meetup in Johannesburg on the 21st of November. This time the company that I work for (Entelect) is sponsoring a venue and pizza! This post aims at going a bit more in depth on the topics that will be discussed as well as on the guest speaker and how this meetup came to be. Let’s start with a short story first. We were on our way to Clarens for a weekend away with my sister in law and her partner.
My husband was exploring Berlin through Google Maps Streetview. He came to show me that Streetview in Berlin allows you to explore inside quite a few shops. While we virtually walked around Berlin together we got to Museum Island, where most of the museums in Berlin are situated.
I’m busy working through a bunch of documentaries when cooking. I found that the Archaeology section of Documentary Heaven is more focused on computational archaeology than I would have imagined. Here is the list that I have found so far: Documentary on the Vikings – discusses how satellite imaging is used to find Viking sites in locations never thought to have been reached by the Vikings.
Shawn Graham from the Electric Archaeology blog has created a Github project called DAP. This projects aims to gather people across the Computational Archaeology community to work on a digital archaeology primer. The aim of this primer is to gather basic information about computational archaeology from the community. This information can then be used to teach archaeologists about the use of technology in archaeology.
The meetup is doing well! We now have 24 members of the Computational Archaeology Meetup group in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our first meeting will be at Wolves in Illovo on the 20th of July. It is aimed at getting to know each other, after which we’ll know more about each other’s skills and be able to organise some presentations/workshops. We have 8 guests that have confirmed the actual invitation so far, which can be found here: http://www.meetup.
Hello fellow digital humanities enthusiasts living in/near Johannesburg South Africa. I’ve decided to start a computational archaeology meetup group. In this meetup I hope to encourage a larger interaction between digital humanities enthusiasts in South Africa. Depending on the interest we can either have a relaxed discussion or set up some presentations. Here is the link to the meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Computational-Archaeology-Meetup/ .
Today I tried out the application called 123D Catch. This app allows you to capture images of an object and creates a 3D model from these. In other words, this is a photogrammetry app. To use the application you take images of the object that you want to model from a set of different angles by walking around the object. You then get a chance to review the photographs to remove any blurry images. Once reviewed you accept the images and these get uploaded to a server which creates the 3D model.
Here are some of the articles I have read most recently relating to computational archaeology. Teenager Uses Star Map To Discover Lost Mayan City In Central America:Satellite imaging and star positioning were used by a student to discover a lost Mayan city. Thanks To Cosmic Rays, We Finally Know What The Inside Of A Pyramid Looks Like: Cosmic rays used to map the internal structures of Egypt’s pyramids.
Earlier this year I participated in a Digital History course as an open access participant. The course was run by Shawn Graham, otherwise known as the writer of the Electric Archaeology blog. Shawn was a great distance teacher, always available via the Slack group and always up for any form of discussion. Even though I was in a completely different time-zone Slack allowed us to communicate freely and as synchronously as possible.
We recently visited Vietnam for a holiday and had the chance to visit the My Son UNESCO Heritage site. This site consists of a group of Hindu temples constructed to worship the god Shiva and located in central Vietnam. My Son is a beautiful site that unfortunately also suffered partial destruction during the war. Today parts of My Son have been restored and 3D models of the various buildings have been created.
Quite a few news have gathered since the last news post, here they are: New York Public Library Invites a Deep Digital Dive: Digital content and APIs to be made availably by the New York Public library. Archaeology From Above: Article explaining LIDAR for archaeology Estonia launches robot for underwater archaeology [Video]: Youtube video about U-cat robot Muons and drone-mounted lasers probe for secret rooms in Egypt’s pyramids: X-rays of the pyramids to be taken to find hidden chambers.
In a previous post I mentioned a Slack chat group for the Crafting Digital History course taking place from the 11th of January. Our lecturer has been quite active on the group and has shared numerous valuable resources already. One of these resources was the mention of the Digital Humanities Slack team where archaeologists, historians, curators, developers, and anyone else interested in digital humanities gets together virtually and shares a plethora of information relevant to the field.
A few blog posts ago I mentioned that Shawn Graham from the Electric Archaeology blog will be presenting a course which is freely open to anyone. This course is called Crafting Digital History and it will commence on the 11th of January. There is an opportunity to gain official credits as well if you want, you can read more on that here. The course syllabus can be found here. The workbook can be found here. There is also a Slack chat team that you can join using this invite.
Yes, this post is as silly as it sounds, but it was necessary ^^. It was my birthday recently and my partner wrote me a story about a marine archaeologist using an ROV to discover a treasure. He played this out with little Lego pieces, including a Lego ROV. Here is a picture of this cute Lego ROV: And things got ridiculous.
There have been quite a few computational archaeology related articles lately. Here’s a list: Khaled al-Asaad, The Martyr Of Palmyra: Mentions the use of satellite images to confirm the destruction of the Temple of Bel Oldest Roman military fort: airborne lasers uncover fort from 178BC: LIDAR used to discover Roman forts. Mysterious Ancient Geoglyphs Discovered In Kazakhstan Leave Archeologists Perplexed: Geoglyphs discovered by archaeology enthusiasts using Google Earth. Search for Capt.
I’ve written before about an open source robotics project for marine exploration called OpenROV. These awesome guys have started a second Kickstarter project called Trident.
Software companies often have days where developers either present a topic of their choice or get together to create prototypes of their innovative ideas. Some of these events are held internally and others, by larger companies, internationally. Some examples of popular companies that do this are: Google: Holds an international developer day once a year focused on teaching participants about Google development tools. They also hold dev days specific for Android Developers.