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Digital Heritage Services – progress

16mm Newsarchive by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt Archaeogeomancy are pleased to be entering the third month of offering a range of digital heritage and geomatics services. Focussing on consultancy and building on over a decade of experience and expertise, services now available are aimed at highly specialist digital heritage and archaeological geomatics requirements, skills which even the largest and best resourced of heritage and environmental service providers may not retain in house.

HESTIA2: Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources

Herodotus The Hestia2 project is described as “a public engagement project that aims to cross boundaries between the academic, commercial and educational sectors“. As part of this, a free one-day seminar is taking place on 18th July organised by Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Leif Isaksen and Tom Brughmans and in collaboration with The Connected Past.

Exploring the Agency of Landscape

Foggy November English landscape – animals graze with trees and hedges, historic features of the English landscape, overlooked by those modern icons, the National Grid power lines The symposium The second symposium organised by the EngLaID project will be held on Wednesday 12th June at Keble College Oxford. The call for paper for this symposium is open till May 3rd with abstracts to be sent Dr Laura Morley.

Digital Geoarchaeology 2013

Sandsfoot Castle This interdisciplinary conference is to be held later this year in Germany. With a broad range of subjects to be included, this promises to make a very useful contribution to the discourse relating to archaeological geomatics and related subject areas.

Geosemantics; the story so far

Semantic Web Rubik’s Cube by dullhunk Into the second month of the PhD now and things are starting to coalesce and take shape. A framework for development, testing and deployment of proposed demonstrators is emerging and I’m making good headway demystifying the world of geosemantics (at least, it’s becoming clearer in my head!).


Grave monumentsThe BRITARCH mailing list has long been a place where one could ask a question and some friendly, helpful person would either know the answer or know someone who does or just offer some friendly advice or tips from their own experience. Ideas could be kicked around, there was a whole load of people willing to help and get involved in things. The community was diverse, including folks from all walks of life and this was one of its strengths.

So long and thanks for all the fish… Hello G-STAR!

So long and thanks for all the fish… After over five years as the Geomatics Manager for Wessex Archaeology, I have now left to start a PhD in computer science, investigating geosemantic tools for archaeological research (G-STAR) based in the Hypermedia Research Unit at the University of Glamorgan with input from the Geographical Information Systems Research Unit. Goodbye Wessex… I am sad to be leaving Wessex Archaeology.

Festival of Archaeology 2012

The events at Holcombe this summer for the Festival of Archaeology were well attended and a thorough success. I’m working on the data gathered as we speak; the data from the UAV in particular is fantastic. Reports will be forthcoming later this year. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the week’s activities.

GIS in the Digital Humanities

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster The good folks from the Spatial Humanities Project based at Lancaster University are running a free one day seminar in November. This is only part of their outreach activities which also feature an informative YouTube channel and other learning resources.

Archaeological survey at Sandsfoot Castle; recording one of Henry VIII’s castles

GIM International, September 2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle The latest issue of GIM International contains a feature article on one of the projects I managed for Wessex Archaeology. The article talks about some of the tools, techniques and technologies used on this and other archaeological survey projects these days. Archaeologists nowadays have a broad range of geomatics tools and techniques available to help them in their work.

Practical Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Historic Environment

earthorama by spdorsey I will be teaching at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education next May. The one day course is being directed by Andrew Lowerre (English Heritage) and features contributions from Michael Charno (Archaeology Data Service), myself (Wessex Archaeology), Abby Hunt (Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales), Stuart Jeffrey (Archaeology Data Service), Sarah Poppy (Suffolk County Council) and Ken Welsh (Oxford Archaeology).

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

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.