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Dances with Sea Monkeys: The Highly Unlikely Life and Times of Harold Von Braunhut.

Sea Monkeys: First Encounters. Like almost everyone above a certain age, my first encounter with Sea Monkeys was in the back pages of imported American comics (unless you’re an American, then it’s just comics, obviously). We lived in a small village in East Sussex at the time, so I’m really …The post Dances with Sea Monkeys: The Highly Unlikely Life and Times of Harold Von Braunhut. appeared first on Digital Digging - Blog.

Snow Crash to hit the big screen?

The geek enclaves of the net are buzzing with the news that Neal Stephenson’s 1992 classic Snow Crash may be appearing on the big screen soon. Paramount have signed Joe Cornish to write and direct after the critical acclaim he received for his directorial début Attack the Block. It’s not clear yet whether the movie …The post Snow Crash to hit the big screen? appeared first on Digital Digging - Blog.

RTI Experimentation with a Copper Breastplate in the Florida State Bureau of Archaeological Research

This is a Guest Blog by Photographer Joseph Gamble. As an affiliate with the University of South Florida’s Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, I traveled with a team of archaeologists doing imaging research and 3D laser scanning of artifacts to Tallahassee last year to work in the Florida State Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR) and experiment with RTI on a number of Native American artifacts from Lake Jackson, Florida. AIST Directors, Drs.

Canon Vs Nikon

I was recently asked, ‘What DSLR camera is better for RTI data capture? ‘Canon or Nikon?’ The answer is like Godzilla Vs King Kong. Its gonna be a good fight. The Short Answer is that either camera will work. In the hands of a professional photographer, they are both very similar.

DigVentures – Funding Target Reached – What Now?

The crowdfunded archaeology project has confounded its detractors by reaching the full amount of funding within the allotted time – we catch up with Managing Director Lisa Westcott Wilkins to talk about what happens next. ....The post DigVentures – Funding Target Reached – What Now? appeared first on Digital Digging.

SVP Database

Having access to the PARP:PS database was invaluable when developing the Sangro Valley Project’s database and paperless workflow (see my first post for an overview and this post for more background information). In that sprit of cooperation I have made available an unlocked version of the database originally developed for the SVP. The database – [...


#hth2012 is the hashtag for the High Tech Heritage 2012 conference currently being held at UMass Amherst. Lots of good tweets coming from that conference. I especially like Eric Kansa’s summary of Frank McManamon’s Plenery talk.

tDAR Grant Deadline

There is an upcoming deadline of 15 May to apply for grants from tDAR to help you get your data into tDAR. Awards of up to $7,000 are available for cultural resource management (CRM) firms, public agencies, individual researchers, universities, colleges and other organizations to support the direct cost of contribution of digital archaeological content [...

Writing In The Age Of Distraction

Author: Cory Doctorow. Please see the bottom of the post for release notes and more by this author. We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that...The post Writing In The Age Of Distraction appeared first on Digital Digging.

Experimental Microscopic RTI Dome

by Guest Blogger Eleni Kotoula, PhD student, University of Southampton, Archaeological Computing Research group Application of normal and microscopic RTI to artifacts derived from the Hellenistic-classical Derveni cemetery in Macedonia, Greece, demonstrates RTI’s contribution towards prevention, investigation, documentation and communication.

Two New Blogs

I have noticed two new(ish) blogs dedicated to subjects close to the heart of paperless archaeology: Archaeograph is run by Noel Hidalgo Tan from the Australian National University. I have linked to an earlier article of his use of tablets to record details of rock art in Thailand. Arch-iPad is run by David Beard, a [...

Digital Disengagement (leave some behind).

As I write this I have a Google Doc open on another screen, apparently writing itself, as participants in this open doc discuss gathering together to debate digital engagement in academia. This is a direct result...The post Digital Disengagement (leave some behind). appeared first on Digital Digging.

Slight Deviation: paperless anthropology

This week I had the opportunity to talk to students in the Women’s Studies department here at UC. The topic concerned digital note taking but this time for social observations and interviews. In an effort to frame the discussion and to make sure all of the students (and not just the tech savvy ones) were [...

Rebuilding the Sweet Track

The Sweet Track is around one and a quarter miles long – a raised wooden trackway that ran across a part of the Somerset Levels the best part of 6,000 years ago. I have...The post Rebuilding the Sweet Track appeared first on Digital Digging.

Announcing brand new CHI website!

We recently unveiled a brand new website at It has been in the works for a while (these projects always take longer than you want them to…) There is a lot more information about our current work, and we hope you will find that the new menus and navigation make it easier to find things you are looking for. There are a few things I would like to highlight.

Call for Papers-Taking Archaeology Digital

Eric Orlin at the University of Puget Sound recently distributed a call for papers for a conference this fall at the University of Puget Sound titled “Taking Archaeology Digital.” The conference itself runs from October 25-28, 2012 . From the website: Technology is changing our world in ways that previous centuries could not have imagined, [...

An Evaluation of Decorative Techniques on a Red-Figure Attic Vase from the Worcester Art Museum

In July we were back at the Worcester Art Museum Conservation lab to give a training in our IMLS sponsored 21st Century Museum Professionals program.  The Worcester conservation team was the first conservation lab to see the potential for Reflectance Transformation Imaging for art conservation back in 2006.  We built a lighting array for them, and delivered it and a training in May of 2008. It was great to be back with that team and to see a bit of what they have been up to.