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tDAR, Mortality, and YOU

Guest post by Katherine Spielmann, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University School of Evolution and Social Change  When I decided to retire I was faced with making seven seasons of Southwestern excavation data and many, many years of analytical data available to our profession. I spent much of Fall 2015 making that happen through uploading multitudes of excel spreadsheets, associated coding keys, and reports to tDAR.

Writing participant information for Ethics approval

Today I’m trying to finish all the documentation I need to Ethics Committee approval for the Chawton Untours. Right now, I’m looking in particular at the information sheet I’ll give participants before they agree to be part of the experiment. Looking at and writing all this over and over again mains me sort of “sense-blind”, and so though I think this is all written in plain English and is understandable to the man on the street, I’m not sure.

Defining Rurality

Back in October my colleague Ben Lewis went to the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory) conference on the main island of the Orkneys and filmed the conference. Here are some of those videos from the first session: Semi‐Rural https://youtu.be/qMQU7Lk5I5Y Paul Graves‐Brown University College London When we bought our house in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, the estate agent’s particulars described its location as “semi‐rural”.

Mind Control and responsive narrative

Among the mince pies and over-cooked turkey over Christmas, I managed to find a little time to read an interesting paper. #Scanners: Exploring the Control of Adaptive Films using Brain-Computer Interaction shows once again, that the cool people are all at the University of Nottingham. What these particular four cool guys did was put a mini cinema in an old caravan. But this particular cinema wasn’t showing an ordinary film.

Taking a look back at 2016

We had a busy year at the Center for Digital Antiquity in 2016, tDAR continued to grow with significant contributions from the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization , US Air Force, and US Army Corps of Engineers. tDAR had one major software releases, Obsidian which focused on enhancing the collections pages, searching, data integration, and added new APIs for working with data and metadata in tDAR.

The Trump “Wall” probably won’t be that bad for archaeology

Ughhh, shoot me now, another article on Trump. But, a change in government means a potential change in the management of heritage so we need to discuss it. There is a lot to talk about on the subject of heritage and the new administration but I want to take on only one potential issue for archaeology in this post, Trump’s proposal to build a “Border Wall” along the US-Mexico border.

The Wake

It was de Polignac, I think, who wrote about the meaning of the great Panathenaic Festival. Whereas other cities of classical Greece had urban and rural sanctuaries, Athens had only the urban. And so, while other cities’ citizens would process out to the rural sanctuaries for their festivals, Athen’s great procession wound through its streets and open spaces: a show by the city, for the city; a demonstration of the city’s character and foundation stories to itself.

Digital Humanities communities in Berlin

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.

Searching for Somethings: A Return to the Lake District

For some time now I’ve been itching to get my head back into my own research, but between working in the 3DVisLab most of the week and freelance on client-led projects the rest it can be tricky finding the space to think in depth about anything other than the task in hand. To be fair, that ‘task in hand’ is mostly fun, interesting and challenging! However, for much of the week my brain is too saturated to think critically, let alone write about it.

Revenge of the Analog

Over the holiday break, I read David Sax’s Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Public Affairs 2016). It’s a popular book and Sax is a journalist who write on culture and technologies for a range of periodicals.

Revenge of the Analog

Over the holiday break, I read David Sax’s Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Public Affairs 2016). It’s a popular book and Sax is a journalist who write on culture and technologies for a range of periodicals.

Revenge of the Analog

Over the holiday break, I read David Sax’s Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Public Affairs 2016). It’s a popular book and Sax is a journalist who write on culture and technologies for a range of periodicals.

Training in Malaysia

A 3-days training program for December 28-30 2017. Researchers from University of Costa Rica ( Chemistry Department ) contacted CHSOS to hear about our work on multispectral imaging and learn about our global approach to studying works of art. The chemists and also the physicists from their Materials Science Center have instrumentation – such as [...

The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee Conference Videos

The Tayside and Fife Archaeological Committee is a liaison group which aims to promote archaeology in Tayside (Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee) and Fife. It’s your go to society for archaeology in Middle East Scotland. That is archaeology taking place in the eastern half of Scotland about halfway up the country, not Middle Eastern archaeology by Scottish archaeologists. They had a conference in November that I filmed.

I am a zombie hunter!

Last weekend, I found myself running up and down stairs in a disused shopping mall in Reading, getting chased by, and shooting zombies. To celebrate a friend’s fiftieth (and mine, as my friends clubbed together to buy ticket as a present for my upcoming big birthday) we were participating in an immersive experience run by Zed Events.

The CAA 2017 Atlanta bursaries available

Apply for the bursaries for the CAA Atlanta 2017 by January 20! The bursaries are meant for students, early career researchers and low income professionals. The maximum bursary is likely to be in the region of €420. More information and the instructions how to apply at http://caa-international.

Application of landscape survey techniques

Wednesday- so more archaeology conference videos that I have filmed. Session Abstract: This session aims to address the question of why traditional and technical landscape investigation techniques of observation, measurement and analysis (survey) are not more regularly deployed – and deployed in a timely fashion – in British archaeology. This has implications within curatorial, commercial and academic branches of archaeology.