It’s been a busy year, but that’s no reason to not sneak in a computational archaeology news and links post. Here are some of the latest articles I’ve ran into:
News and articles
- Nazi-destroyed synagogue mapped by laser: Archaeologists use ground penetrating laser techniques to search for an fourth century synagogue. Another link on this: Ground-Penetrating Radar Maps Lithuania’s Great Synagogue.
- Drones Help Find Medieval Irish Sites Drones used to determine dig sites and generate 3D models.
- A New Interpretation of Black Dragon Canyon’s Rock Art: X-ray fluorescence and a computer program called DStretch are used to highligt the original pigments in rock paintings. Another article on this: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered.
- Subterranean river discovered beneath Mexico’s Chichen Itza ruins: Electrical resistance survey is used to reveal a subterranean river below the pyramid of Kukulkan, Mexico.
- High-Tech Images Inspire New Thoughts on Tut’s Tomb: High resolution images of Tutankhamun’s tomb are analysed, revealing cracks in the walls suggesting blocked passages. Radar scans are mentioned as tech that could reveal hidden rooms if they exist.
- New Kingdom Mummies Re-Examined using X-ray imaging and chemical microanalyses: X-ray imaging and chemical microanalyses are used to analyse mummies and reveal jewelry. Another article on this: Ancient Egyptian Mummies Embalmed With Unusual Recipes.
- 3-D Map Made of Lincoln’s Presidential Cottage: Lasers are used to create a 3-D map of President Lincoln’s Cottage.
- Peru’s Nazca Lines Reveal Mysterious New Animal Images: 3D imaging used to analyse the Nazca lines.
- GPR at the cross bar management area (BLM) in Potter Country: Article speaking of a project to collect ground-penetrating radar data from three sites to test the feasibility of using GPR for identifying structures.
- Real Orthophotos: A Post describing orthophotos, which are geometrically corrected uniform-scale photographs, and their importance in archaeology.
- A Google Research post on their Google books: A post talking about the Google Books project, which aims to digitize physical documents (I’ve posted about this project before).
- Tactical Space: These guys do some pretty cool experiments, including Photogrammetry for archaeology. This is a post about a talk presented on Photogrammetry for archaeology where the models can be viewed on mobile devices.
- [VIDEO] Bringing the past back to life: TED Talk on an application of virtual reality to browse through ancient library’s contents in a 3D environment.
- [VIDEO] Scanning the tomb of Tutankhamun in Luxor: Video on the usage of 3 dimensional laser scanning and high resolution photographic recording to scan Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Software and tools
- Arches Digital Inventory: Open source software for the management of cultural heritage.
- 3D Gallery: Publishing and Exploring 3D Models online: A blog post speaking of Sketchfab, an online service for uploading and sharing of 3D content and its uses in archaeology.
- Codifi: non-profit organisation developing tools and services for the sustainability of heritage.
- Mukurtu: Part of Codify – a place for institutions to share digital heritage.
- Mining the Social Fabric of Archaic Urban Centers with Cultural Algorithms: A research paper on the use of cultural algorithms to mine data about the Monte Alban archaeological site
- Heuristic Knowledge Discovery for Archaeological Data Using Cultural Algorithms and Rough Sets: Another research paper on the use of cultural algorithms to mine archaeological data.
Presentations on Arches 3.0 taking place in Asia in the next two weeks, so go check them out if you’re around:
- August 27 (with an optional session on August 28): Hong Kong
- August 30: Taipei (at the CIPA2015 symposium)