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Open Access Archaeology Digest #543


Your Open Access (free to read) Archaeology daily: Iron-smelting and salt-making industries in Northeast Thailand Material representations of status in the Dian culture Rethinking Scotland’s Neolithic: combining circumstance with context Stone emplacement in early Scottish churches:evidence of Early Christian craftsmanship Notice of (1) A Seventeenth-Century Sun-dial from Wigtownshire; and (2) a Stele, discovered in Galatia, Asia Minor, decorated with a design resembling the Mirror and Comb Symbols found in Scotland. Learn more about Open Access […]

Hundreds of CrowdSourcing 3D Printing Enthusiasts See Ben Franklinstein to Completion


Benjamin Franklin said himself that, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” And that is applicable even to the fun “things,” as WeTheBuilders has recently unveiled their second crowdsourced 3D printed sculpture, “Ben Franklinstein,” at the Silver Spring and World Maker Faire on September 14. In this project, launched in August by WeTheBuilders, “netizens” and “makers” spent the last month or so bustling about, each creating their own four-inch patchwork piece of the Ben Franklinstein, 3D printed […]

Jobs: H-Net Weekly Report For 8 September – 15 September


15 September The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from  8September 2014 to 15 September 2014. These job postings are includedhere based on the categories selected by the list editors forH-Announce. See the H-Net Job Guide website at for moreinformation. AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY / STUDIES Allegheny College – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of History,Modern U.S. (0)

We don’t find computers, or do we?


No, computational archaeologists don’t dig computers out of the ground nor do they find them in ancient shipwrecks…oh wait… it seems that with the help of some super diving suits they actually do (it all depends on what you define as a computer). Archaeologists have found what they refer to as an Antikythera mechanism, or “world’s oldest computer”, in a shipwreck off a remote Greek island. The “computer” was used by the Greeks to track the cycles of […]

Open Access Book Reviews on Antiquity


These are the open access eJournals (or components thereof) focused on reviews of books on the ancient world of which I am aware. There are of course many other open access journals with book review sections online.  Are there others that should be included here?  Please let me know. Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science American Journal of Archaeology Book & Museum Reviews The Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews Археология (Reviews and News […]

Open Notebooks

A packrat. Tack by Jennifer Buxton More tiny saddles on tiny animals at This post is more a reminder to me that anything you’d like to read, but anyway- I want to make my research more open, more reproducible, and more accessible. I work from several locations, so I want to have all my stuff easily to hand. I work on a Mac (sometimes) a PC (sometimes) and on Linux (rarely, but it […]

Safeguarding our Scientific, Educational and Cultural Heritage


Amsterdam, 24 September 2014 A joint Preservation Workshop at the RDA Plenary where attendees can provide their views and requirements to four major initiatives, APARSEN, SCIDIP-ES, EUDAT and DPHEP, which are evolving beyond the end of their respective EU-funded projects, and will continue to help organisations to manage and preserve research data. Continue reading → (0)

Freedom Express: Final Leg – Germany


The Freedom Express ended its historic journey in Germany over the weekend, concluding an intensive study trip for a group of 20 young Europeans. The participants travelled through six countries in Eastern and Central Europe to discover traces of the different revolutions that swept across the region in 1989. In Germany, the participants set out to explore their final stop, Berlin, the city that was once divided into East and West. With the fall of the Berlin Wall […]

APA Conference – Launch of the Centre of Excellence


Brussels, 22-23 October 2014 The 2014 APA conference launches the APA Centre of Excellence (CoE). The conference is organised around examples from members showing how they have tackled and overcome their preservation problems. The examples are further grouped around the integrated view of digital preservation which APARSEN has brought together. Continue reading → (0)

References, Please – A NYR Article on Footnotes in the Age of the Internet


A New York Review of Books blog post by Tim Parks on footnotes in a digital era. From the article: “Simply, it’s time to admit that the Internet has changed the way we do scholarship and will go on changing it. There is so much inertia in the academic world, so much affection for fussy old ways. People love getting all the brackets and commas and abbreviations just so. Perhaps it gives them a feeling […]

Digital Epigraphy


The Oriental Institute has released a new book titled Digital Epigraphy, a manual for the methods that they are using to record items found in their Epigraphic Survey. During the past several decades the Epigraphic Survey has refined its conventions and recording methodologies to fit with the widely divergent nature of the inscribed surfaces we record and the changing conditions in Egypt that are resulting in the accelerating decay of those inscribed surfaces. For the past […]

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK

Two weeks ago now saw the return of the OSGIS conference in Nottingham, after a year off in 2013 for FOSS4G. I think there had been mixed feelings about this event; those of us heavily involved in the organisation of FOSS4G 2013 had taken a back seat this year, and with FOSS4G 2014 imminent in Portland, it was clearly going to be a smaller scale get together. I have to say that overall, my impression […]

Privacy in a Watchful World TW 14 update


This is one of a series of mid-year updates on the 2014 TrendsWatch trends. I’ve already posted entries on Big Data, Social Entrepreneurship, the Sharing Economy and Robots, as well as updates on the Crowdsourcing and Philanthropy trends from previous editions of TrendsWatch. Balancing the promise of big data, TrendsWatch 2014 looked at the privacy issues raised by our accelerating collection and sharing of data on every aspect of our lives. I’ve shared my utopian […]

Why is Smith Street important? (Nerd Nite Melbourne, 7PM, October 14)


If you are free on the night of October 14, come to Mr Wows Emporium, 79B Smith Street, Fitzroy (upstairs), to Nerd Night Melbourne.  This is a night were specialists (nerds) talk about all sorts of subjects from environmental politics, moon-landing crafts, and pharmaceutical research. And on the night of October the 14th, I will be talking about the history of Smith Street, with two other speakers (on different subjects). Why is Smith Street important? […] - Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy