Archive for the ‘Excavation’ Category

Hello world!

Just wanted to give you all some information what’s going on with the site, why somethings haven’t happened yet and what’s to come!

First why there haven’t been any YouTube videos for a while: Some of them are near completion but lack some polish. I need to shoot the last sequences with a web camera and the one I have ordered have been delayed until the end of September. But I might redo some of the videos a bit so I can post them earlier.

I’m also currently working on an article about experimental archaeology I’ve done with soapstone vessels in combination with digital archaeology as well. This take some time since the article is closing on deadline as well…

I’m also working on an excavation in Sweden outside Landskrona in the southern part of Sweden which have taken most of my awaken time working 40 hours a week. The excavation have ranged from the Early Neolithic to today.

Next week I will be working with some digital archaeology and get some of it published but I will give you more info about that when it is done.

I have also started to look at making a transition to a paid webhotel. This homepage is currently running on the WordPress free service which is really good but is somewhat limiting on what I can do with it. This also hinders me a bit to develop the site the way I want to which is why I’m looking for moving the site to a real web hotel.

I’m also currently negotiating for co-operation with different companies and organisations and in the coming months much will happen :D.

The ARATNE trailer have been on ice for a short while due to lack of time but I will continue working on it in the coming weeks.

I will also start posting more unique posts in different ways about archaeology, technology and a combination of the two there is much to be said and done about these subjects.

As you can see in the menu as well there is still a lot of pages to be established and filled with content. The aim is also to get some content like 3d-models, reviews and more as well in the not to far future. I’m also applying for a job and if I get that it might take some extra time before everything is launched at the blog. But otherwise I will be studying at the university and have some more time to put into the blog and homepage.

But be sure much is going on and I’m hard at work getting a good foundation to this homepage and to the ARATNE network!

Please leave comments and feedback! What would you like to see here, on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter?

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A new almost complete skeleton of a dinosaur have been found in central Spain. The dinosaur was about 6 meter long (20 feet) and was named Concavenator Corcovatus which means more or less the hunchback hunter from Cuenca. The dinosaur had two raised backbones each 40 centimeters taller than the dinosaurs vertebrae.

It is believed that the hump was used for storing fat as on a camel. It could also have been used for display between fighting males. It could also have been used as a cooling system for the dinosaur regulating the temperature inside the body.

The theories are many and hopefully more research will reveal what the hump was used for. Finds of new unknown dinosaurs happen now and again which shows there is a lot to be done.

Through laserscanning and 3d-modelling the dinosaurs can also come to life in better and more realistic ways, it is also possible to better calculate how and how fast the dinosaur was moving!

Read more about the dinosaur here

Here is a movie from the ongoing Titanic expedition. A good thing that the expedition already have reveled is that the decay of Titanic is not as bad as expected.

The loss of Titanic was a loss of more than 1500 people passengers and crew. Today the ship and many people rests at the depth of four kilometers below the surface.

Hopefully this expedition will help preserving the Titanic for future generations through digital technology,3d-reconstructions but as well to help to tell the tragic story about what happened almost 100 years ago…

For more information about this expedition read here

The Great Wall of China is not alone! There is an another Great Wall in the northern part of Germany near Schleswig and Haitabu (Hedeby) and now during the excavations this summer a gateway in the wall have been found! During the Viking Age about  a great wall was constructed close to Haitabu and it was also built during the Middle Ages. Its total length is about 30 kilometers or 19 mile. The wall runs through the entire state of Schleswig-Holstein!

It bear the name of “Danevirke” which means more or less “the work of the Danes”. It is considered being the largest earthwork in northern Europe.  During this summer archaeologists have examined a three meter thick part of the wall from the 8th century. During the excavations a long sought for part of the wall was discovered and it was the gateway!

The excavation have revealed the great craftsmanship that many of the Vikings had.

Read more about the excavation here

Info and picture from Spiegel online

Here is some new interesting information about the robot doing research in the Kofu pyramid in Egypt has previously have been reported here.

It is built by some researchers at Leeds University together with a French aviation company Dessault. Involved is also the British robotics company Scoutek.

The robot will have a small fiber optic camera to make it possible looking around corners in the narrow shaft. It will also have an ultrasonic probe for testing the quality of the rock. One cool thing is also the little minirobot

that can be released from the main robot which is under an inch big. The robot will also use carbon fiber wheels and special nylon to not hurt the pyramid. It is also quite easy to switch parts on the robot which will be needed since the scientists never no what will happen. The team will also use 3d-software and print out the parts at Leeds University.

This will be a great study minimising the damage done to the pyramid but giving new information about the pyramid and maybe for the future collect material to enter the pyramid for an examination by archaeologists. This is really a good way of combining archaeology and technology as well as different science teams and companies sharing expertise and knowledge to get new information about the pyramid and about the history of Egypt.

I will continue reporting on this project when I have more information. In the mean time you can read more about it here

The world’s most ambitious and advanced survey of the world-famous ship Titanic have begun! It is scientists from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute that have started a survey of the ship in a new way. They will use computer imaging, high-definition video and with this material they are planning to create the site of the Titanic in 3D and make it available to the public on the Internet when the model is ready.

The pressure on the depth where Titanic have sunk is 400 times greater than on the surface of the Earth. Most previous expeditions have focused on getting artifacts from the ship as well as taking photographs on the ship’s stern and bow. Now with using the latest techniques the vast area that is Titanic today will be treated as an archaeological excavation which will bring enormous known and new information to the scientists and the public.

The expedition will also catalogue the enormous amount of artifacts that is scattered across the ocean floor and build a digital archive of objects from the ship.  Using the latest in sonar technology as well as probably using computer vision techniques like photogrammetry and motion from structure the scientists will try to record the whole site in a completely new way. This will not only be interesting for the public but also make the wreckage accessible for researchers around the world who now get the possibility to visit the whole site and in this way gain new valuable information.

Almost the best part is that in recording Titanic this way it will be with a non-destructive archaeology which makes the ship will still be there intact on the ocean floor for future generations.

This is a great and very important way to use different technology together with archaeology. Photogrammetry and motion from structure have been used for a few years but haven’t been tried at this depth. The outcome will be very interesting to see. It is great that the site also will remain intact but that archaeologists get a chance to get documentation anyway to gain new knowledge about what happened.

Read more about it and see some pictures here

The app for realtime communication and working together have now been shutdown by Google. The idea behind it seemed very good but it required an invitation in the beginning which greatly limited the number of users.

I don’t think that Google Wave was very known to the broad public either which made in the end that the application had quite few users. Google should have brought it to every company in the world because could they have launched it at the companies on a broad front it should have been much more successful. The public knew too little about Google Wave as well as if you more or less didn’t know any people irl using wave it was often quite pointless to try it out.

But Google have announced that they will bring the ideas and probably some of the software behind Wave to some of their other apps. And as Wave could have been a social platform you could think that Google now has a little chance of getting into the social platforming on the Internet. But as a matter of fact it is the opposite.

There are rumors about Google developing something called Google Games as well as Google Me. With this  it is quite likely that Google are aiming for platforms like Facebook. Google have bought a part of Zynga games the company behind Farmville and other famous and well-known casual games at Facebook and believe me there is money to be made in that industry. The question is though if Google can handle going in to the social networking aspects on the Internet?

It is a shame that Google wave stops as it had been very useful for archaeologists in the field during excavations communicating with  people back at the office or other specialists you need to be connected with. But I hope and believe that Google can bring some new good software to the people, archaeologist and tech-people around world.

In the future I’ll write more about this Google entering social media as well as casual gaming and also look into software that is useful for archaeologists and technicians so stay tuned for more interesting posts.

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