I promised a continuation with more articles, so here it is.
- World’s Oldest Tools from Lomekwi 3: 3-D laser scans of the Lomekwi 3 (A Kenyan site) tools have been made to analyse finer details.
- ‘Cyber-archaeology’ salvages lost Iraqi art: Photogrammetry is used to turn 2D photographs of an object into 3D images in order to recreate lost Iraqui art in a virtual environment.
- Announcing the complex systems simulation CAA special interest group: Computational archaeologists from the CAA conference start a new interest group for the use of complex systems simulations in archaeology.
- Ancient Egyptian “Scandal” Discovered With X-Rays: X-rays and CT scans reveal Egyptian animal mummies don’t all contain the remains of animals, but contain mud instead.
- Searchers for missing Malaysia Airlines plane discover 19th century shipwreck: Sonar equipment used to search for the Malaysia Air plane detected a cluster of objects that turned out to be a shipwreck. This cluster was analysed further using an unmanned underwater vehicle and additional cameras.
- Everything We’ve Learned About Mummies Using 21st Century Technology: Researchers are using X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans to create 3D models of mummies in order to analyse them without causing damage.
- Slave ship sank with human cargo on board: A ship used to transport slaves was found off the coast of Cape Town in the 1980s. Research on this shipwreck is still ongoing due to the difficult environment for archaeologists to work on. Although the ship’s discovery does not involve technology, CT scans have been used in 2014 and 2015 to identify the remains of shackles on the site.
- Figurine of Roman God Mercury Unearthed in England: Metal detecting enthusiast discovers 2000 year old Roman god figurine.
- Scientists Discover Evidence Of A 435,000-Year-Old Murder: Researchers use 3D imaging to re-create the injuries on a 435000 year old skull, discovering that the owner was a victim of murder.
- Modern Human Leg Mummified Using Ancient Egyptian Methods: A leg donated to science has been mummified and analysed over time using various techniques, including X-ray imaging.
- Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid: Archaeologists have mapped a Mayan city revealing that the city was used as a grid system.
Don’t forget to catch up on Electric Archaeology’s posts, there are quite a few new ones that I haven’t posted. There are some posts on augmented reality, an archaeogaming “unconference”, data visualisation and more.
Some newly discovered blogs (or discovered back in the day but not yet posted)
- Musings of a virtual archaeologist
- Digital Archaeology 110101
- Archaeology 3D
- Photogrammetry in Archaeology
- Audio news from Archaeologica 24th – 30th May 2015: The murder case discussed above is mentioned in this podcast. Additionally, the podcast mentions the use of temperature sensors and a survey drone to map a Bison-Kill Site in Montana. Lastly, archaeologists find traces of hallucinogenic materials used for spiritual rituals by the use of “cutting edge technology” which is not mentioned.