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New Member of the Digital Antiquity Board of Directors

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The Center for Digital Antiquity is delighted to welcome Cynthia Pillote as the newest member of the Digital Antiquity Board of Directors. Ms. Pillote is an attorney specializing in intellectual property at Snell and Wilmer, a law firm based in the Phoenix area with offices throughout the western United States. Ms. Pillote’s expertise is in working with clients to develop, implement and manage business strategies for procuring, maintaining and enforcing intellectual property rights.  Her practice […]

Open Access Archaeology Digest #517

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Today’s list of Open Access (free to read) articles: The West Heslerton Assessmenthttp://bit.ly/1vnuw5l Colli di Enea (RM). La Villa e la manifattura tessile. http://bit.ly/1vnuw5t Notice of a ‘Quigrich’ or Crozier of Saint Fillan.http://bit.ly/YTOw0V Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: http://bit.ly/YHuyFK (0)

From CSV To Heatmap With Leaflet

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There are so many applications out there but they probably share one thing: export your data as a XXX-delimited table. And it’s also very easy to create a comma-separated text file out of it. You also have some lat/lon values in this table? Great! Let’s make a heatmap with leaflet. The Data For our heatmap we will need a comma separated table with two columns representing the latitudes and longitudes of our rows/observations/points. So let […]

Your Digital Media Won’t Last Forever: The Pitfalls of Storing Data on Compact Disk

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 Earlier this week NPR’s All Tech Considered explored the question, “How Long Do CDs Last?”  Since the 1990s an increasing amount of data began to be stored on CDs.  According to Michele Youket, a Library of Congress preservation specialist quoted in the story, there is considerable variation in manufacturing standards for CDs.  This means there aren’t standard tools for preservation that will work on all CDs. So, as these CDs age and decay, the data […]

MATRIX Receives NEH Digital Implementation Grant for next phase of the Archaeological Resources Cataloging System (ARCS) Project

MATRIX is very pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Letter and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, we have received a $350,000 NEH Digital Implementation grant to continue the work on the Archaeological Resources Cataloging System (ARCS) project. The project will be directed by Jon Frey (Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design) and Ethan Watrall (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of […]

On this day: Aubrey Beardsley is born

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Aubrey Beardsley, Le Morte D’Arthur; “La Beale Isoud at Joyous Gard”, 1893. Image and catalog data provided by Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Aubrey Beardsley was born on August 21, 1872. Despite dying of tuberculosis at the young age of twenty-five in 1898, the artist managed to have a brilliant career full of controversy and scandal. He shot to fame with his illustrations for Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur in 1893, and then became […]

Computational Intelligence in Archaeology

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As some of you may know, my masters topic was “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Archaeological Data”. As Masters sometimes do, that topic ended up having to change, removing the archaeology and resulting in just “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Data”. Removing the archaeology also meant removing everything from the literature study relevant to archaeology, except maybe some examples I managed to keep in. This post contains the literature that had to […]

Computational Intelligence in Archaeology

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As some of you may know, my masters topic was “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Archaeological Data”. As Masters sometimes do, that topic ended up having to change, removing the archaeology and resulting in just “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Data”. Removing the archaeology also meant removing everything from the literature study relevant to archaeology, except maybe some examples I managed to keep in. This post contains the literature that had to […]

Cambridge University Press Publishes The Geography of Strabo

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  Duane W. Roller’s remarkable new English translation of Strabo’s Geography is now available from Cambridge University Press ( ISBN: 9781107038257; e-book ISBN: 9781139950374). To accompany it, the Center has produced a seamless, interactive online map which is accessible free: http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/strabo.  The map is built on the Antiquity À-la-carte interface, and has immense coverage because it plots all the locatable geographical and cultural features mentioned in the 17 books of this fundamentally important Greek source – over 3,000 […]

European ICT Proposers’ day 2014

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Florence, 9-10 October 2014 On 9-10 October 2014, at Fortezza da Basso, in Florence, is being held the ICT Proposers’ Day 2014: a networking event to promote European ICT Research & Innovation, focusing on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2015. The event is organised by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the EU, the Region of Tuscany, the Municipality of Florence and the University of Florence. Continue reading […]

Historical Maps into Minecraft: My Workflow

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The folks at the New York Public Library have a workflow and python script for translating historical maps into Minecraft. It’s a three-step (quite big steps) process. First, they generate a DEM (digital elevation model) from the historical map, using QGIS. This is saved as ‘elevation.tiff’. Then, using Inkscape, they trace over the features from the historical map that they want to translate into Minecraft. Different colours equal different kinds of blocks. This is saved […]

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Online Publications

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: Collections Research Archaeology Luristan Bronzes in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (PDF document). The collections of ‘Luristan’ and other Iranian bronze artefacts. Catalogue of Inscribed Shabtis in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (PDF document). Birmingham Cuneiform Texts – Translations The tablets translated in Birmingham Cuneiform Texts – Translations Part 1 (PDF document) were first published in Watson, P.J., Catalogue of Cuneiform Tablets in Birmingham City Museum Volume 1 – Neo-Sumerian Texts from Drehem (Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1986). The majority of […]

The Jade Room and Other Forgotten Museum Spaces

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Senior Digital Asset Specialist Stephanie Post highlights a selection of Museum spaces that live on only in the Main Building’s rich history. (0)

Conserving the pottery, terracotta and tablets from Ur

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Duygu Camurcuoglu, conservator, Ur Project, British Museum My job is to assess the condition of the objects from Ur being studied as part of the Ur digitisation project, conserve them if necessary, and guide the project team on handling and safe storage of the objects before/during photography and further digitisation work. I joined the project in August 2013 to lead the conservation and my first responsibility was to assess and conserve the terracotta objects and […]

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