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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: The Roman Pantheon hasn’t crumbled, despite the lack of structural steel support. This feat couldn’t be accomplished today, so how did the Romans pull it off? It turns out they used a special ingredient. Persia conquered Egypt in 525 BCE and took away its tomb painters to work […]


INNOVA Master’s Degree in Virtual Cultural Heritage


The Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era How do you prepare a professional in Cultural Heritage in the digital age? How the University can solve the gap between Science and Humanities? Is the current University ready to deal with education in Cultural Heritage? Are then Humanities a good professional option? The INNOVA Master’s Degree in Virtual Heritage, developed by INNOVA and SEAV, aims to offer an answer to these questions. Continue reading →

Claudia Pierotti

Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2014


2014 has been a year of countless discoveries in archaeology, pushing the boundaries of scientific research and our understanding of the past. The following “Top Ten List” has been compiled by an analysis of trending stories with the most site visits from our audience on HeritageDaily, in conjunction with the overall magnitude of the discovery.   1 – New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge Image Credit : University of Birmingham A vast […]


Artist is 3D Printing a 26 Foot Long Boat in 100,000 Separate Pieces on 30 3D Printers


The 2 meter long version of Peng’s boat Over the past year, we have seen many incredible 3D printing projects take place. There have been houses, cars, boats, and prosthetic hands that have all been created on 3D printers. However, one artist, named Hung-Chih Peng, may have them all beat, at least when it comes to creativity and time involved. The 2 meter version Hung-Chih Peng is a Taiwanese artist who thinks outside of the box, […]

Eddie Krassenstein

Planned downtime: Saturday 17th January 2015 10am-5pm CET

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Night at the (British) Museum: fact and fantasy


Sian Toogood, Broadcast Manager, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, British Museum In the century or so since the birth of film, the British Museum has had many cameras within its galleries, labs and libraries. For the most part they have been filming documentaries, unravelling mysteries of the Museum’s collection, but every once in a while the Museum gets to participate in the organised chaos that is feature film production. In the past […]


QGIS 2.8: A Preview


QGIS 2.6 landed recently on this planet and it already brought great improvements to our daily work with geodata, the way we publish our results and the convenience in our workflows. But due to the very ambitious release plan of the QGIS core team and the great work of Klas we can have a look at the upcoming features in QGIS 2.8 major version already. Check em out: Trash is Trash This seems a bit […]


I got a top cited article! What does that mean?!?


Yesterday the Research Excellence Framework results were published, and it was therefore a nice coincidence to be notified by Springer yesterday that my paper is one of the top cited papers in Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory of 2013/2014. You can see it on this picture: I am really happy and grateful about this. However, it did […]


2014: A Great Year for Hupehsuchia


Hupehsuchus, in silhouette. Public domain image by Neil Kelley via PhyloPic. I just can’t get enough of those bizarre hupehsuchians! These ancient marine reptiles–known exclusively from ~248 million year old rocks in China–had a tubular, bone-encased torso, toothless jaws, and flippers often sprouting an extra finger and toe or two. In a previous blog post, I noted that they’re probably best described as a “swimming sausage topped with armored mustard”. Formerly a poorly-known group (both […]

Andrew Farke

Handle With Care: The Conservation and Digitisation of the Phillipps Lectionary


Before British Library manuscripts reach your computer screens through the Digitised Manuscripts site, they are subjected to conservation assessments. These cover such matters as the angle at which the manuscript may be opened safely, the condition of the binding and the leaves, and any repairs that are required. The assessment…

James Freeman

Spanish/Catalan/Portuguese Open Access Journals on the Ancient World


The following list includes the titles of 180 open access periodicals in the Spanish – Catalan – Portuguese languages focusing on the study of the ancient world. It is a extracted from AWOL’s full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies.  If you know of others, please bring them to my attention by leaving a comment below. Actualidades Arqueológicas: Pasado en presente Acta Classica Acta historica et archaeologica mediaevalia (AHAM) Actas y Comunicaciones del […]

Charles Jones

Open Access Archaeology Digest #636


Get your Open Access (free to read) archaeology fix: Final Report on the Excavation of the Stone Circle at Old Keig, Aberdeenshire.http://bit.ly/14DyagZ Boxgrove: Palaeolithic hunters by the seashorehttp://bit.ly/1xfGnXr A Norwegian Mortgage, or Deed of Pawn, of Land in Shetland, 1597.http://bit.ly/1aAAPLd Beverley in the Olden Timeshttp://bit.ly/18FBPy3 Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: http://bit.ly/YHuyFK


Short Announcement: new MOOC on GeoInt!


Today I received an interesting E-mail from Pennstate University which pointed towards an upcoming MOOC with a more or less special focus: Geospatial Intelligence. The title is Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution: Learn how the revolution in geospatial technology combined with the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) have changed how we develop insights about how humans use geography, and discover the power of GEOINT. So let’s have a look at. Pennstate University organized one […]

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