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I finally got my activation e-mail from my webhotel which means I can start working on the transition of this homepage to my own domain. A lot will happen now both visible and under the hood of the website.

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Jacob Schomann was out on some fishing just outside the Danish town of Vordingborg. It was quite little fish so he spent some of the time looking down into the water.

Suddenly between some rocks he something glimmering in yellow… He got the idea to fish it up. He got it on the hook and he to his surprise it was a heavy gold arm ring from the Viking Age!

The pattern on the arm ring showed it was made in the beginning in the 9th century. The place where it was found was an important trade route during the Viking Age and along the trade route many silver and gold objects have been found.

The finding is one more important evidence of the importance and richness of the trade route. But also maybe of the fear having precious items that was dug down by merchants or someone living in the area that feelt unsure of keeping it visible…

The fisherman will also receive some money for the find from the Danish National museum. This is because since the Middle Ages the Danish King and later the Danish Government should receive all found gold and silver objects and in return the finder got some money. In this way the king/government could display the richness of the cultural heritage in their own country for foreign rulers and governments.

But for us archaeologists it is very unusual finding silver or gold objects the most common metal is iron. But it is beautiful objects and this gold arm ring also bring some more knowledge to the research and maybe brings the possibilities for research excavations in this case maritime archaeology since the shore from the 9th century today is under water….

You can also see a video below where staff from the National Museum in Copenhagen explains why people should return gold and silver objects. (The clip is in Danish).

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 co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen have started suing different companies for Interval Licensing LLC.This  lists violations of four patents for technology that appear to be important parts  of the companies—and that of e-commerce and Internet search companies in general. The suit seeks damages but doesn’t specify an amount.

The companies that have been sued is not small ones… It is Google, eBay, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo Inc, AOL Inc, Netflix, Office Dept, Office Max, Staples Inc and Youtube!

He hasn’t sued Microsoft or Amazon in which he owns or have interest in the companies. EBay will have an enormous defense as well as Facebook says that they will fight hard.

It is possible that the companies have used some technology belonging to Paul Allen but it will probably not fall in his patent. The companies lawyers should have made sure that they don’t violate anything so it will probably be pointless. But it will be interesting to follow and see what happens. Microsoft itself really started buying software developed by others and developed it a bit so no original ip from Microsoft there….

In the end I think the loser will be Paul Allen and the winners be the lawyers around the world getting some job to do…

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

Hello world!

Here is an update on what you can expect on this homepage, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook in the future and what I’m working on at the moment.

Since I’m often very busy irl and during periods don’t post so much info here, I’m looking into how I can post short news from the world of archaeology and technology to release new content on a regular basis. When I have more time I will as usual post my own thoughts and ideas with the news as well.

I’m currently working on a Youtube video review of the König tripod, there is still some work to be done but it will launch this weekend! I’ll also try to get some other reviews done with some tech equipment.

I’m also working on doing a storyboard for the real trailer for Archaeology and Tech Network. I have quite some big plans for that trailer so it will take quite a lot of time to get it done probably several months as it seems like now.

In my idea of combining archaeology and technology I have started looking into archaeological software on the Internet to start with. There is quite a lot of dead links and old out-dated programs but there is also some really really good ones but that can be very hard to find. So I’ll have posts and videos about good and bad archaeological software as well.

I’m also still looking for Co.partnes so if you have a blog about archaeology, technology or both or related subjects maybe a company related to the subjects, leave a comment below so we can get in touch and maybe exchange information as well as have co-operation in different ways!

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