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Mercer University Electronics Tech Looks to Create a 3D Printable Database of Ancient Artifacts


Over the past several months, we have found that the process of taking ancient artifacts and creating digitized replicas of them is becoming much more common. These digital replicas may be converted to files which just about anyone with access to a 3D printer can recreate. For one electronics tech at Mercer University School of Engineering, this has become not only a hobby, but also a movement which he sees as potentially providing many new […]

Eddie Krassenstein

Tip of the Week: Primary sources writing prompts aligned to Bloom’s Taxonomy


If you haven’t spent at least a few hours at the TPS-Barat blog site, you’re missing out. They’ve got some amazing resources designed specifically to support hisitorical thinking. Using funds and support from the Library of Congress, the Barat Educational Foundation created a site focused on the effective use of primary sources in the classroom. Titled TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the site has themed sets of primary sources, teaching strategies, online and face to face […]


Friday links: Monsters, ghosts, and taxes


Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org Some stories we’ve been reading this week: Classicism in living color We may interpret the white of classical sculpture as the height of purity and elegance, but research indicates that sculptures were originally painted. An exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen gives us some idea of what they might have looked like—surprisingly garish! […]


CMME: Haptic Possibilities in Exhibits


Post written by: Marta Beyer, Peter Moriarty, Emily O’Hara, and Robert Rayle Through the Creating Museum Media for Everyone (CMME) grant, the Museum of Science and several other institutions set out to explore various possibilities for developing accessible digital museum interactives. One particular area CMME allowed us to explore was the potential of haptics technology within museum settings. Haptics, the ability to get information from touch, present a promising and unique way to convey information. […]

Marta Beyer

Futurist Friday: A Graphic Look at Big Data and Privacy


Sometimes, in this job, I get dang tired of reading. That’s one reason I so often feature videos in Friday’s periodic glimpse of the future. Next best thing to video? Pictures. So I was tickled to stumble across “Terms of Service,” a graphic novel, by Michael Keller, a reporter for Al Jazeera America, and Josh Neufeld, a nonfiction cartoonist.  In this 46 page e-booklet Michael and Josh look at the way we are becoming accustomed to […]

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Instrumentum: Groupe de travail européen sur l’artisanat et productions manufacturées dans l’Antiquit


Instrumentum: Groupe de travail européen sur l’artisanat et productions manufacturées dans l’Antiquit   INSTRUMENTUM est un groupe de travail international composé de chercheurs travaillant sur l’artisanat antique et ses produits dans l’Europe et le Bassin méditerranéen. Le champ chronologique couvert par l’association concerne les Ages du Fer européens ainsi que les cultures Grecque et Romaine, avec de possibles incursions dans l’Age du Bronze et le Moyen Age. INSTRUMENTUM s’est donné pour but de fédérer les […]

Charles Jones

An Online Event & Experimental Born Digital Collecting Project: #FolklifeHalloween2014


If you haven’t heard, as the title of the press release explains, the Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos For American Folklife Center Collection.  As of writing this morning, there are now 288 photos shared on Flickr with the #folklifehalloween2014 tag. If you browse through the results, you can see a range of ways folks are experiencing, seeing, and documenting Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Everyone has until November 5th to participate. So send […]

Trevor Owens

Museums and the Computing Curriculum


© Kevin G.Vega 10 PRINT “Hello World!” RUN With these simple steps so began many people’s first steps in computing…   The National Curriculum has undergone some fairly radical changes over the previous couple of years. One of the most shouted about changes has been the renaming of ICT to Computing. This change could not have come soon enough. From my time at school, it usually appeared that we were always two steps ahead of […]

Alex Flowers

OS MasterMap® now available in File Geodatabase format from Digimap


To get the most from OS MasterMap data it is usually best to convert it from its supplied format, GML, to a format better suited to the software you are going to use it in. For our CAD users Digimap has been offering the DWG format for several months (see previous blog post); now we are offering a format that makes the data easier to use in GIS software. Although Shapefile is still the most […]

Tom Armitage

Fortnight of Firsts – Flight 20141028


I was very fortunate to be invited to join the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan 2014 flying programme this year. It has been a fortnight of ‘firsts’ for me. My first visit to Jordan, first visit to a Roman site, and a my first time in a helicopter – something I am particularly proud of as one who is terrified of flying, even on commercial aeroplanes. Taking photos from the open-door side of a Huey was […]


Unwinding mummies


Egypt, Mummy of Ukhhotep, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1981-1802 B.C. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art Come tomorrow evening, droves of miniature monsters will haunt our neighborhoods, jack-o-lantern-shaped candy bowls in tow. Amongst the groups of trick-or-treaters, though, one spooky creature will likely be absent: the mummy, which, despite being the star of many a horror film, never seems to be a Halloween costume favorite. My guess as to why the mummy costume has never […]


Open Access Archaeology Digest #587


Todays Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles: Discoveries in North-Western Wigtownshire : Cinerary and Incense-Cup Urns and Perforated Axe-Hammer; Mould for Bronze-Winged Chisel; Whetstone for Stone Axes; Cup-marked Rocks and Boulder; Apron of Moss Fibres.http://bit.ly/1aFYcyw The Lopez Homesteadhttp://bit.ly/10CvC3A Bodiam castle, Sussexhttp://bit.ly/12JViFC New perspectives on Indo-Malaysian prehistoryhttp://bit.ly/1ehUdt2 Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: http://bit.ly/YHuyFK


I’m no MacGyver


I’m no MacGyver. Tim the Tool Man? Bill Nye, Science Guy? Hell, I’m nowhere near Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Or Phineas. I’d kill to be Ferb. Wile. E. Coyote? Brain? Possibly Pinky. I’m not handy. But I thought I could do Google Cardboard. Print out the template. Glue it to a sheet of cardboard. Cut. Fold. VR! what the hell. gonna try making google cardboard out of this diaper box. — Shawn Graham (@electricarchaeo) October 30, 2014 […]


Media Lab Intern Spotlight: Laura Chen's Virtual Reality Tour of the Met


Former Media Lab Intern Laura Chen outlines her virtual-reality project, which uses the Met’s architecture as a starting point for a fantastical world—one populated with disembodied voices and Museum artworks that defy the laws of physics.

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