As you may have realised, Berlin has kept me quite busy. Now there is some catching up on blogging to do, so here is your dose of computational archaeology.
- Scientists announce ‘significant’ new Homo Naledi discovery – There is quite a detailed video of the discovery and the techniques used to analyse it. Some tech related topics that you can get out of the video:
- Digging up Digital Music – Turing’s Mark I computer generated tones that can be considered “the earliest electronic music”. A school teacher convinced Turing to let him program the Mark II to play England’s national anthem. You can listen to the recording after restoration by the British museum on SoundCloud.
- Ancient Staircase Examined in Cambodia – LIDAR used to map ancient staircase in Siem Reap
- Nazi Submarine Wreck Immortalized In Cinema Found In Atlantic Ocean – Sonar imaging used to find a Nazi Submarine off the coast of Portugal. There is also mention of future plans to use further imaging technology to get more information on the wreck.
- Hundreds of Mysterious Stonehenge-Like Earthworks Found in the Amazon – Google earth technology (and deforestation 😦 ) revealed more than 450 geoglyphs in the Amazon. These seem to be public gathering sites.
- Secrets Of What Ancient Mummies Look Like Under Their Wrappings Are Finally Being Revealed – CT scans let visitors to the Chicago Field Museum see the contents of mummies.
- This 110-Million-Year-Old Armored Dinosaur Was Turned To Stone By A Geological Medusa – 3D model has been created of a rare dinosaur fossil.
- 3D reconstructuion of King Richard III grave – this was mentioned in a Stuff you missed in history class podcast episode.
- Newly Discovered Oldest Human Fossils Push Our Origin Back By 100,000 Years – the fossils were found in Morrocco and a 3D reconstruction of the skull can be seen in the article.
- Laser Cleaning Reveals Catacomb’s Frescoes – Lasers used to burn away layer of calcum deposits, algae and smoke from frescoes (mural paintings) without damaging them.
- Genomes of Egyptian Mummies Mapped – Egyptian Mummy DNA has been mapped and analysed. More on that here.
- 18th-Century Scottish Woman’s Face Reconstructed – a virtual facial reconstruction of an 18th century woman made from a skull.
- Scientists have a fascinating new way to determine the age of skeletal remains – X ray imaging of frontal sinus can be used to determine the age of developing skulls.
- This blog has a large list of Free and Open source software that can be useful for archaeology.
- The article listed above links to an academic article that speaks about open source software in archaeology.
Blogs, feeds and sites
- The Computational Archaeology Lab – a blog for the Computational Archaeology lab in San Diego state University currently being developed.
- A Graffito a day – the new blog of a researcher, who specializes on Reflectance Transformation Imaging applied to the analysis of Roman Graffiti
- Digital Archaeology Blog – The blog for http://digital-archaeology.eu/, mentioning various projects. They also have a facebook page.
- Reddit thread for archaeology sometimes has some computational archaeology articles. This blog made it there sometime too 🙂
- Geophysics with Snuffler – a blog on archaeological geophysics
- African fossils – a virtual lab showcasing a collection of 3D models of African fossils
- Global Xplorer – crowd sourcing analysis of satellite imaging available to archaeologists.4
- Data Visualization Meetup Berlin – this meetup has even had a digital humanities specific session in the past (unfortunately I missed it as I didn’t know about it then)
- My talks. In the past month or so I have been doing a talk on the use of technology in less conventional fields. Although the talk is not only about archaeology, the topic is mentioned. My next talk is coming up on the 13th of June 2017. Here are the links to the talks:
Here’s a photo (strategically at the history slide) from the Women Who Code meetup.