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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!

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see here leave a comment with your feedback!

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Microsoft have promised to give new Windows 7 mobile phones to every employee of the company! Microsoft also sent out an e-mail about this and they say people should make it personal (use it) but also make apps for the phone!

Many internet sites seems to react to this as well as that Microsoft made it easier for employes to develop apps for the phones. I don’t think this is such a big thing, of course Microsoft wants more apps and have a great PR- campain for their phones but people have free will to do whatever they want. Microsoft will probably get enough PR by just giving out phones but of course some apps will probably be done by employees as well.

Only the future can tell how this will develop but one thing is for sure, the game is on and Microsoft have a hard competion from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, HTC and Apple and more…

A newly found probable timber construction have been found by magnetic radar was interpreted as a new henge but that it had been a wooden one equal to the world-famous Stonehenge….

But now other archaeologists doubt it and Tim Darvill, from Bournemouth University in southern England, thinks it is most likely a barrow, or prehistoric tomb.

Since the place aren’t going to be excavated it will be hard to tell what it really is until there is an excavation. But the area around Stonehenge is rare to have excavations nowadays but it seems to have been quite a large area and much discoveries again and again.

Last year an another henge called the Blue Henge was found and you could read about it here and you could read about the new wooden henge/burial/burrow here

But whatever the examination shows it shows the great value in this case of combining archaeology and technology. To examine an area with a magnetic radar revealed the previously unknown monument even if the research have been going on in the area since the 18th century. By magnetic radar it is possible to discover much underground and it is also a undamaging technique which means the remains of a site is not destroyed in any way. But you get important information as well as if there will be an excavation archaeologists knows a lot better what to expect. I think georadar and magnetic radars will be more common as a preview of an area before excavations begin, in this way it is possible to better prepare for what the excavation will be about.

Because as we often notice in the field as archaeologist, wait the unexpected and often the last day and hours of an excavation….

Are you intersted in participating in any form or are you in a company, institution, university, have done projects with archaeology and/or technology. Or are you a programmer, computer scientist, developer for Apple apps or other things that could be relevant or interesting and would like to contribute or develop the network as well as the relationship between archaeology and technology leave me a comment with your info and I’ll get back to you!

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The Presentation page have been updated as well as the purpose page. I have revealed some info about myself and what I’m doing! So check it out here and see the purpose of this network here

What’s the purpose of the Archaeology and Tech Network?

The purpose is to create a bridge between people interested in archaeology, history and technology and make it possible in easy ways to communicate and share ideas and knowledge. Much is happening both in archaeology (including history) as well as in the technology.

The world is becoming more and more digital which is both good and bad…

I want to bring both professionals as well as interested public to this from which all can benefit everyone from computer programmers to iron makers, carbon dating specialists as well as archaeologists or anyone just sharing

the interest!

So please leave comments, get in contact with me and others on the page, let’s get the discussions going and ideas flourishing! And follow us on Twitter archaeologytech and join the Facebook group Archaeology and Tech!

Who is the person behind this site?

My name is Fredrik Larsson 25 years old and currently working as an archaeologist in Sweden. My biggest interests is archaeology, history and technology.

I have studied at Lunds University and have a Master’s degree in Archaeology with focus on Scandinavia from about 15 000 BC to 1050 AD. I also got a Bachelor degree in Historical Archaeology 1050AD-til today.

So I excavate everything there is :D

Thank you for visiting the site! Some parts are still under construction so have some patience and you are more than welcome back, and please leave comments!

Working on some stuff which I can’t reveal just yet but hopefully in the near future!

At the Microsoft event yesterday the X10 more information about the upcoming Xbox 360 game Fable 3 was shown.

Peter Molyneux had earlier said that he would reveal something that would upset people. Internet was buzzing about it would be a Natal-only game which I didn’t really believe in see my earlier post about Fable 3.

That would upset people was that the game doesn’t have any on-screen interface! And because of that no such thing as a health bar and no experience points. Peter Molyneux said that the inspiration came a lot of First-Person Shooter games which often today use the world and looks of the character to show damage etc.

“You will start the game as the 18-year old [child] of your Fable II character,” Molyneux said. “You’ll find that Albion is being ruled by a tyrant. You are going to storm the castle with all of the people who follow you you’re going to take him down and then people are going to come to you and say, ‘You promised you would eradicate slavery.You promised turn factories into orphanages. You promised to stop childhood labor’. “We are going to make your time as a ruler a little bit tough.”

The game will heavily rely on context. The player will guide the Fable 3’s hero and maybe with a wife children and a dog. Yes the dog returns and is promised to be a lot more dog-like than it was in Fable 2. “The dog is much more dog-like… make sure your dog never sees a rabbit. The dog in Fable III hates rabbits.” During the demonstration at X10 Molyneux was looking for the characters missing daughter. The dog felt the scent and could lead to the daughter. The hero then held hands with his daugheter to bring her back home. The game will adopt like this in different kinds of situation. Fable have done this a bit before but will now be much more developed.

As before your character will change it looks depending on what gear you use like swords, axes or if you use a lot of magic as well if you do good or evil deeds. But now your weapon is adapted into this system as well. Do you kill innocent people your weapon will be dripping of blood or it will start glowing if you do good with it. Fable 3 will also include more gore than previous title.

The third thing is to be the king of the world of Albion. In Fable 1 it was mostly getting to know the world and get training, with Fable 2 you became a bit more of a hero. In Fable 3 you will start as an 18 year old child and your first purpose is to attract followers by promising them things like close all factories which has child labour and stuff like that. The later part of the game you will be the king and now people will hold you for what you promise. And it won’t be as easy as it sounds.

And about the Natal? Nothing was said about Fable 3 even having the slightest Natal support. Having no on-screen interface is quite a good idea and probably make the player more immersed in the world. Only problem with that as I can see it now is you can get lost without a map in larger areas.

But hopefully the have some kind of map if the game is big, probably solved like in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion where you access a menu to see the map.

I’m really looking forward to Fable 3 and I really have to finish Fable 2 first. But as it seems now Fable 3 will probably be released at the end of this year.

You can read more about it here and watch a video here

Today new exciting evidence about the Saqqaq culture have been revelaed and is the first remains discovered of a human from that culture group. The research professor Bjarne Grønnow at SILA -the Etnographic department at the National museum in Copenhagen have together with a group of scientists discovered a piece of hair 4000 year old.

The hair was found at the settlement at Qeqertasussuk in Greenland and the DNA extracted from hair show some very interesting information and also is an evidence for the theory archaeologists had about the Saqqaq people in Greenland. The theory was that people from Siberia went from Siberia to Greenland about 4000-4500 years ago about 2500 BC. The hair now shows that the Saqqaq and the most related Siberian groups today Chukchi and Koryak splitted at about 5,500 years ago. People came to Greenland and settled in the western part about 4000 years ago.

The owner of the hair was a black-haired, brown-eyed man with the bloodtype A+. Bjarne Grønnow says the most important thing about this new exciting discovery is that the archaeologists now have proof that the first people on Greenland the paleo-eskimoes from what we today call the Saqqaq-culture originated from the eastern part of Siberia. This makes it possible to closer know where the different cultures in Greenland and Siberia was born.

You can read more here from the Nationalmuseum in Copenhagen (it’s in Danish)

and here as well about the DNA-analysis (this is in English)


The drawing is made by Nuka Godfredsen.

He also draws a lot of other motives from Greenland and also is making comic-books to spread the exciting history of Greenland.

You can see his homepage here

I have worked together with SILA in Greenland in 2007. We were a team about 20 people from Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Greenland and Canada. The project was coordinated by the Nationalmuseums in Copenhagen and Nuuk. We excavated soapstone quarries, a settlement from the Saqqaq culture and did many excursions and discovered and registered very many monuments, buildings, soapstone quarries and more from the Saqqaq culture to modern soapstone quarries where the soapstone was cut with chainsaws. It was very exciting and much new knowledge was revelead. We was in the Nuuk-area. Nuuk is the capital of Greenland. We were at the end of the Nuuk-fjord closest to the inland ice. It was a great experience as well as an adventure, living in a tent for 4 weeks, no hot water, musk ox roaming around, climbing in the mountains and much more. I should probably do more posts about this in the future. If you are interested in Artic/Greenlandic archaeology or just a quite different archaeology let me know, what do you find interesting and what would you like to know more about? Or do you have any stories from your work as an archaeologist that differs from most archaeology…