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#270 Invest in Yourself

DIGTECH has been busy. In the last two years, DIGTECH did half a million dollars in business, employed 10 different people, started the Archaeology Podcast Network, started Professional Certifications for Scientists, and entered into a consulting relationship to design and develop Codifi CRM. Yes, busy indeed.

East Anglian Archaeology Reports

Archaeovision were approached by East Anglian Archaeology to explore the provision of online access to their back catalogue of monographs. This would involve the construction of a repository where all past issues of EAA would be described, made searchable, and where stock is still available, provide links to buy copies. Older back issues would be scanned and made available as an open access PDF.

LiDAR Analysis Toolkit for ArcGIS

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: Local Relied Model of Old Sarum, Salisbury, WIlts. Based on Environment Agency LiDAR data. Produced using the LiDAR Analysis Toolkit. Archaeogeomancy were pleased to be commissioned to produce a self contained ArcGIS Toolkit for the analysis of LiDAR data.


As computational archaeologist, CAA (Computer Applications and Quantitative methods in archaeology) plays an important part in the work that Archaeovision completes. CAA is an international led conference package that meets once a year in different countries in order to increase participation from archaeologist, computer scientists and mathematicians all over the world. This year’s conference will meet in Oslo, Norway and the following year the conference will be held in Atlanta, USA.

Planning Application assessments; automation using ArcPy

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: The Machine by halfrain Archaeogeomancy were pleased to be commissioned to build a system to automate an existing workflow for handling and reporting on geospatial information.

Stonehenge bypass back on the agenda. Or not.

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: The Stone Circle at Stonehenge; just one of the c. 700 sites which together form part of the landscape inscribed as a World Heritage Site I was dismayed to find the latest copy of the Valley News arrive through my letterbox featuring a front page article entitled Stones bypass back on the agenda.

#269 Giving it 110%

Recently, I was involved in what's known as a "near miss" in aviation. I still don't understand what this means since it was ACTUALLY a miss. A near miss sounds more like a collision to me. Either way, that's what it's called.We were flying in a Cessna 206 and doing maneuvers at around 1500 - 2000 ft above ground level. There were four of us in the plane and I was in the front right seat.

​#268 The Driver – Pedestrian Problem

You all know what I'm talking about. You've done it. You've been on both sides of the problem. I'm talking about what I call the Driver-Pedestrian problem. I'll explain how this relates to archaeology later. First, what is it?The DriverYou're in a university parking lot -- or a supermarket -- or a mall -- and you're looking for a spot. You're late. You don't have time for this. All you want to do is park.

Bradley Manor

Work began two weeks ago on the documentation of Bradley Manor for the National Trust. Bradley Manor is one of the most complete medieval manor houses in Devon and can be found on the outskirts of Newton Abbot. The house is Grade I listed, and with its associated buildings, structures and landscape, has been identified as being in need of archaeological assessment and survey for a forthcoming Conservation Management Plan.

#266 Small Business and the Nightmare of Payroll

When I started my company three years ago I thought, this is my change to show everyone how it can be done. This is my chance to do it right! I probably thought that owning a CRM firm was really just doing good, ethical archaeology. Right? Isn’t that all it is? Everything else will fall in line and just — happen?Not so much.Sleeping - Or NotUp until 2015 I only really had one employee — me.

#265 CRMArch’s Grand Challenge

Grand Challenges in ArchaeologyThis post is part of a blogging carnival taking place at Doug’s Archaeology during the month of January, 2016. The question is, what are the grand challenges in your archaeology?What is My Archaeology?I consider “my” archaeology to be what Tom King calls, “CRM Archaeology”. Ha! Just kidding, Tom. Actually, most of us practitioners of the archaeology part of CRM do call it CRM Archaeology.

Working with multispectral camera in Estonian History Museum

Today I visited Estonian History Museum together with Dr. H. Hiiop to find out some additional information about wallpainting (painter: E. Okas, 1987). To research any compositional changes (pentimenti’s), I used a multispectral camera (infrared wavelengths). But although there were some underdrawings, we couldn’t identify any important changes.

#264 DIGTECH – 2015 By the Numbers

Well, DIGTECH is dangerously close to celebrating three years since founding (January 8th). How have we done so far? Let's run down the numbers for this year:Payroll - $167,114Per Diem - $69,911Employees - 10Permanent Employees - 1 (No, not me)Acres Surveyed - 45,000Sites Recorded - About 250Isolates - About 1200iPads - 9iPads given to employees - 7Trimbles - 2Trimbles destroyed - 1 ($550 repair cost)Overall, we didn't do too bad.In 2013 DIGTECH did about $13,000 in business.

RTI Capture of a 12th century Cambodian Stela

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), which is a French institute dedicated to the study of Asian societies, Archaeovision were employed to capture an important 12th century Cambodian stela through RTI. The stela is an important piece of Cambodian history as it shows the only known example of the inscription work completed by the scribe but there remains some areas within the inscriptions that are hard to identify and translate.

Presentation in seminar

20th November 2015. the Society of Estonian Conservators organised seminar about the preservation and conservation issues of the different materials and about documentation (“Esemete erinevate materjalide vastastikune kahjustav mõju – säilitamise ja konserveerimise problemaatika.”) in Olustvere. Andres spoke about accuracy, quality, uncertainty and error during the artefact/monument/building documentation (“Täpsus, kvaliteet ja viga.

Digital strategy workshop in Riga

26th November 2015 participated Andres in well-organised digital strategy workshop in Riga organised by WAM. The lecturer was T. Tasich, who is digital consultant, producer (Digitelling Agency, London, UK). During this event it was possible to gain a better understanding of how to create a digital strategy that integrates with wider strategic aims and objectives.

GSTAR web services; now with added GeoJSON

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: “A boundary is an array of an array of an array of arrays” by Paul Downey Following on from the last update concerning the GSTAR web services, the final pieces of infrastructure for the case studies and demonstrator are nearly complete.