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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!

Don’t forget to check us out on Twitter, Facebook or Youtube!


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!

Or message archaeologytech at Twitter or join Archaeology and Tech at Facebook and message me there

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!

A large multi-million £ project have started to discover how the landscape around Stonehenge looked like when the large monument was built.

It will require millions of measurements that needs to be analysed and also it will combined with gaming technology and the result will be 2D and 3D images. The whole project will take three years and this first year 4 kilometers will be covered this year and a total of 14 kilometers will be during the time of the project.

The project leader is Professor Vince Gaffney from the University in Birmingham and he says that the aim is to show people how the area around Stonehenge looked like when the monument was built.

Stonehenge is classified as a World Heritage Site and the whole site will be covered in this project! The money for this project is from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, in Vienna, and the University of Birmingham, and  the National Trust and English Heritage. The news is reported from the English BBC.

This will hopefully lead to something good and having hopefully a model of the area around Stonehenge will enable people to visit the site in their computer. Since the many people visiting Stonehenge each year damage the monument a virtual model with the surrounding landscape will both benefit the archaeologists, scientists as well as the public.

In the future models like this could maybe be done to apps both for the Apple products like the Ipad and Iphone but as well released on Xbox live. One possibility would be to use the Kinect (former Project Natal) to navigate and get a feeling of space and move around inside the model!

There are great potential in technology in combination  with archaeology and that haven’t been explored. One reason behind this network and homepage is increasing awareness about technology and archaeology in new ways and see new possibilities.

I will have a lot more posts about this in the future, there are much to investigate, test, build and above all see which technology could be useful for archaeology and to create a pipeline for it!

Hello world!

After a long break I’m finally back again with a lot of things going on.

The spring was very busy, I finished a bachelor essay, got a job as an archaeologist as well as I got married! So it has been hectic but a fantastic spring and start of the summer. I’ve also been planing what I should do with the blog and how it should develop.

So now I’ve started rolling out Archaeology and Tech 2.0. I changed the layout around a bit, added more pages and so on.

The main focus will now to keep the blog live and growing but also to advance a bit to Youtube territory by start making videos. That’s also why I sometime will talk about ARATNE Archaeology and Tech Network.

My idea is to create a platform for technology and archaeology as well as a combination between those two subjects. So this blog will now be more of a homepage with a blog inside.

There will also be a Facebook group Archaeology and Tech. I’m also on Twitter as archaeologytech so add me there as well! The blog will continue giving news about archaeology and tech. For the tech stuff with computers both PC and Mac will be covered!

I will also start to make videos for Youtube about archaeological and tech news and interesting thoughts that comes to mind. I will also make tutorial and guides both on this homepage as well as videos on Youtube about models, photogrammetry, Blender and much more.

Reviewing both gear as well as books and articles will also be posted on the homepage as well as some of it on Youtube.

In the future I will also have a forum with the possibility to discuss archaeology and technology and discuss with people the possibilities of combining science with everyday technology. The forum will probably be on another homepage in the beginning but everything will be in the same place if this turns out well.

Under the links I will build a very large library of good homepages as well as Youtube videos which I hope can be of good use to you all.

So a lot will happen and it will take time so bear with me. I’m working 40 hours a week so all the fun work with ARATNE will happen sooner or later but I’ll take small steps at a time but will try hard to be quite regular on updates anyway in some form and it is major work to get everything togheter before I get a routine to create it as well.

But I hope you all look forward to it as much as I do, we are looking forward towards a bright future!

A lot of texts will be updated as well on the homepage during the coming week so stay tuned for more information. I’ll also post more information about it and present some ideas I hope some of you will be interested in participating in!

An ancient street have been found by archaeologists in Jerusalem’s Old City. The street will give new information about the street and the commercial life in Jerusalem about 1,500 years ago. The street was found in a quite interesting way. The Israeli archaeologists found the street by looking on an ancient map. The map was found in 1894 on the floor of af Byzantine-era church in Madaba in Jordan and showed the locations of major streets and Christian sites in Jerusalem as well as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which is the site it is belived Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

The 6 meter (20-foot) section of the street that was excavated passes from the west into the center of Jerusalem’s Old City. It also stands upon a large cistern that supplied water to the city’s 30-40 000 residents. But the street was not everything the archaeologists discovered but also finds were made of coins, pottery, and bronze weights. The bronze weights were used to measure precious metal from the Byzantine times.

The finding of the street confirms the accuracy of the map. The map is dated to the 6th century and will probably now continue to be used by archaeologists working in Jerusalem and it is mainly used for the period 4th-6th centuries. During this time Jerusalem was actually a Roman city called Aelia Capitolina and Jews wasn’t allowed to enter because of their revolt against the Roman authority in 132 A.D. This made the city a big center for Christianity.  This street was the center during a great commercially successful period in Jerusalems history. The street was found about 4,5 meters below the today’s street-level. The street have had a sidewalk and a row of columns. An another street have been excavated previously and that street was known as Card which went from north to south and along the street alot there were alot of shops.

Once the excavation and restoration of the white-stoned street is done the street will once again will be covered due to heavy pedestrian traffic. But there is currently on-going discussions about of having a segment of the street open for public. It was excavated beacause of the plans of building an electric cable system on the site. Israeli law is a bit like Swedish law and the law requires the authority to inspect construction zones for ruins and other ancient monuments and artifacts before the construction work can begin.

You can read more here

Excavating and finding monuments and artifacts in places like Jerusalem can be quite filled with controversy but hopefully archaeologists can bring a more diverse view of what happened in the city. The ancient map that was used will probably be of great value when excavations continue in Israel and especially in Jerusalem.