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Some news on Computational Archaeology

I have been a little quiet for a while because I recently started a new job and have been settling slowly. It is, however, time for a blog post as my news feed keeps getting fuller and fuller. Below is a list of some computational archaeology related new and old news from the past while:

  • 3D modelling of the Ramesseum: The archaeologcallinks blogger was kind enough to link me to some information about a 3D reconstruction of the Egyptian Ramesseum. The article describes a new method developed for 3D mapping of archaeological sites which was tested on the Ramesseum. Here and here are some other links relevant to these news.
  • 3D reconstruction of mummies: 3D reconstructions of ancient Egyptian mummies show us what the people mummified looked like when alive.
  • Roman marker for earth measurements found: An ancient Roman marker once used to measure the shape of the earth using triangulation was discovered. GPS technologies can now be used to verify measurements done with such markers.
  • Dublin archaeological digs to be digitised: Data of digs in Dublin is being placed in an online records which will use online mapping technologies to visualise the locations and details of Dublin digs.
  • Search for Royal city in Sudan: Archaeologists begin their search for a lost royal city of the Nubian kings using satellite imagery, topographic surveys, magnetometry and geological coring.
  • Israel digitizing antiquities archive: Israel begins to add their archaeological data to an online archive.
  • Mass graves from 1928 Hurricane: A possible mass grave site for victims of Florida’s 1928 Hurricane has been found using ground penetrating radar.
  • Ancient Language Reconstruction: New computer software has been created to reconstruct languages from which modern languages evolved.
  • Micro-CT machine used for archaeology: Southampton University is working on the use of a micro-CT scan machine which allows archaeologists to analyse artefacts while they are still in the ground via 3D visualisation.

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