No, computational archaeologists don’t dig computers out of the ground nor do they find them in ancient shipwrecks…oh wait… it seems that with the help of some super diving suits they actually do (it all depends on what you define as a computer).
Archaeologists have found what they refer to as an Antikythera mechanism, or “world’s oldest computer”, in a shipwreck off a remote Greek island. The “computer” was used by the Greeks to track the cycles of the solar system. These archaeologists used a special diving suit that allows them to reach depths of 150m and are soon to use robot mapping equipment to map the site :)
Check out the News 24 article for more information (sent to me by a colleague also interested in archaeology).
It’s been while since one of my news posts, so here are some exciting articles with news about the field.
As some of you may know, my masters topic was “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Archaeological Data”. As Masters sometimes do, that topic ended up having to change, removing the archaeology :( and resulting in just “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Data”.
Removing the archaeology also meant removing everything from the literature study relevant to archaeology, except maybe some examples I managed to keep in. This post contains the literature that had to be removed. The post begins giving a short overview of archaeology, explaining the role of computational intelligence in archaeology and concluding with a variety of examples where computational intelligence has been used in archaeology.
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One of my favourite podcasts, Stuff you should know, had an episode on archaeology recently. The episode is called “Archaeology in a Nutshell” and it can be found online here. These guys are definitely worth listening to and are quite entertaining. They cover all kinds of topics, so I will message them and see if they are willing to do a computational archaeology episode at some point. Wish me luck :)
You can find more of their podcasts here.
You can follow them on twitter: or on Facebook.
So, a fellow computational archaeologist found my blog and got in touch with me. He does some pretty cool stuff in his digital archaeology company called Diachronic Design, so I feel it would be good to share it with all of you. Go check out his website, it offers:
There is also a blog you can follow to find out more about software for archaeology, news about digital archaeology and ideas about the subject.
Diachronic Design also offers freelance services to develop various kinds of archaeological applications. So if you, an archaeologist, need some software this company may be a good place to start.
If you want to follow the company on twitter use:
For those who haven’t read the post where I mentioned the Zamani project before, the Zamani project is a project based in Cape Town (South Africa) which focuses on the digital documentation of archaeological sites. You can Follow them on Facebook, they post some interesting articles and videos.
Some of the projects they have done or are busy with (map of these here):
- Documenting the Klasies River Cave Tsitsikamma
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- Documenting the Cango Caves
Some extra links:
- If you want to watch videos of the 3D models done by the Zamani project, here is a link to the videos uploaded to Youtube.
- To find out more about the types of data that the Zamani project deals with, check this out on their website.
- The Zamani project blog
- A blog post about the Zamani Project (in interview form)
- An article by Word Design Capital Cape Town about the Zamani Project
- Ancient History Encyclopaedia – An interview with Heinz Rüther
- Another article about the project
- A video introducing the project
- ARC – focus on the effects of visualisation across various fields. They have some relevant projects and an article about the Zamani Project
I’ve already posted some links in my previous blog post. However, after posting that I found a few more relevant links:
- Marine Technology Society: This is a society focused on further development, awareness and improvement of marine technologies.
- Coralbot: A video of some awesome robots used to move loose reef fragments to the larger reefs. Although not used for archaeology, the robots do have some potential in the field. Additionally, there’s a shipwreck model in their demo, and they used blender which I have recommended before for 3D modelling of archaeological sites.
- Workshop on EU funded Marine Robotics and Applications: A workshop where marine robotics projects will be presented, which is taking place in Italy in June. I must say, this is one of the nicest workshop/conference sites I have seen, they are usually in horrific colour combinations or have an image as a background. Check it out, they have a nice list of the projects to be presented.
- SEAV Training 2014: International training form digital Digital Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Also you can check out the website here.
- SEAV: Spanish society of virtual archaeology.
- Flights Into The Past book release: A book about aerial archaeology.