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Data Explorer Mission from the Inside: an Agent’s Story

This post comes to you from Anna Sakoyan, who participated as a “Data Agent” the Data Explorer Mission, a partnership between Peer 2 Peer University and the Open Knowledge Foundation. The course ran from mid-April to mid-May, and primed Agents to analyze, clean, visualize data, tell a story with it, and facilitate their group. Here is [...] [...]


Archaeology and Ancient History: Digital Archaeology, Virtual Reality in Archaeology – Lund University

You can learn most of the workflows presented in this blog joining this course!It is not required any pre-knowledge of any 3D or 2D software… and  well.. you should see the results of our students at the end of the course…Archaeology and Ancie… [...]


REFEMA: Rôle Économique des Femmes en Mésopotamie Ancienne

Carnet de REFEMA

Le “Carnet de REFEMA” est un carnet de recherche et un outil de travail destiné à faciliter les échanges et à rendre compte des étapes et résultats d’une recherche collective entamée en 2012: celle du programme franco-japonais en SHS consacré au “Rôle Économique des Femmes en Mésopotamie Ancienne” (REFEMA, projet CHORUS soutenu par l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche [ANR] et la Société Japonaise pour la Promotion de la Science [JSPS]). Cette recherche concerne plusieurs aspects de l’histoire économique et sociale de l’Antiquité proche-orientale, étudiée à partir des sources disponibles en écriture cunéiforme.

The “Carnet of REFEMA” is a research blog and a working tool to facilitate exchanges and to report on steps and results of a collective research project: the Japanese French project devoted since 2012 to the “Economic Role of Women in Ancient Mesopotamia “(REFEMA, CHORUS project supported by the French National Research Agency [ANR] and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science [JSPS]). This research concerns various aspects of the social and economic history of the ancient Near East, studied from available cuneiform sources.

「REFEMA研究メモ」は、2012年、日本学術振興会:二国間交流事業共同研究によ るフランス国立研究機関(ANR)との共同研究「古代メソポタミアにおける女性の経済的役割」(Le Rôle Économique des Femmes en Mésopotamie Ancienne = REFEMA)の情報交換の場として、また進行状況や研究結果を報告する場として作成された。本研究は、楔形文字史料を用いた古代メソポタミア社会経済史 に関する研究である。



Europeana at Culture Geek Conference

Today’s blog comes from Geer Oskam, Senior Marketing Specialist at Europeana, and tells how he found out how cultural organisations can use their own audience to fuel growth.

Recently, I visited Culture Geek, a one-day conference about cultural marketing in the rapidly changing digital landscape.

Culture Geek

During the day, multiple speakers gave their thoughts about how to respond to the changes of the digital revolution; and in short how to include our audiences, let them be part of the experience, be a partner in the conversation. The most interesting discussions were around the trends in using your audience for your own organisation’s growth.

There was much praise for our friends of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Their presentation about their new web approach, which shows off all their public domain images (125,000 documents) got much enthusiasm from the audience. Visit the Rijksstudio here, all the images can be used in any way you like:


Another enlightening presentation came from the Smithsonian Museum. They used extensive audience research to get an idea of what their audience thinks about them. This way they became aware of their ‘brand’ as experienced by their users. They asked their audience to formulate their brand in the form of a ‘persona’. The result was a persona that was not entirely how they would like to see themselves – namely a pipe-smoking, older white male, condescending and authoritative.

So the question became – how could they change this brand into the person that they wanted to be? After describing this person: age, tone of voice etc., the Smithsonian put a lot of time into implementing their new brand internally: identifying internal evangelists, spreading ownership about the brand across the organisation. This took them one year, making guidelines, creating hands-on workshops, creating tools and reference materials. One of the things I found particularly smart is that they gave workshops to employers on how words and images shape organisations (this is something that not many of your coworkers think about on a day-to-day basis).

After this year of internal implementation, they went public with their new brand. They used advertising but their campaign relied heavily on social media. The two target groups were ‘millenials’ (young adults, everyone accustomed to using the web) and stay-at-home moms – apparently they are very internet-savvy and aware of what is happening online. The overall idea of the campaign was ‘asking questions, finding answers’, for which the answers were to be found in the Smithsonian and they came up with multiple ‘ask the curator’ concepts. What the Smithsonian found particularly helpful was asking: ‘how can we be useful to our followers’ lives? They came up with a smart way of thinking, setting up a ‘newsroom approach’, taking news of the day and creating a link to their own collections. This way they gave their users more in-depth news, creating a natural link to their own collection.

Fellow Dutchman Joost Heijthuijsen got much love from the audience for his ‘open approach’. As director of the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, Joost used visitors as programmers for the festival, letting them decide what to book for the festival. Joost said that: ‘being open and showing how fragile we are actually helped us’. Visitors felt more connected to them and tried to help them where they could. In return, the Incubate Festival handed out loyalty cards to followers for social media activities, rewarding them for their contributions. Their philosophy is: if you get everyone invested in your brand, you don’t need a marketing team.

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Hi Guys!

I’m working on my presentation for next class and was just wondering if everyone could PLEASE respond to this telling me:

-if you use Twitter, and if you do how much
-if you use Facebook, and again, how often do you log on/post
-if you check any blogs regularly (it does not matter if the blog is archaeology related or not)

I just want to get an idea about how familiar everyone is with this stuff. I am still getting to know Twitter, and I imagine if you don’t use it you may not understand it like me!

I know it is late in the term so I understand that you guys may not be able to give the attention to the readings that you would like. I think it would be really helpful to check out the websites that the readings are talking about for the class discussion (especially if you know you have to flake on a reading):

And the links that are in Boast and Biehl’s Chapter (4). There is a lot of stuff in this chapter so I am going to say that I would like people to focus more on the Zuni stuff in the second half.

Also if you are not familiar with Twitter perhaps check out the accounts mentioned in the Laracuente paper: (there are accounts for each region).

And if you happen to have the time, here are links to the websites that I will be reviewing: 

Thanks Guys! 



How to fix incorrectly aligned RTI images

Often, when capturing a RTI data set, especially when using a cable, the images captured can be out of place, resulting in an incomplete data set. The following is a how to guide to fix this problem using Photoshop. The first step is to load all of the files into Photoshop using the correct tool. [...] [...]


tDAR Software Update (in situ)

Regular updates to the tDAR software comprise an integral part of Digital Antiquity’s commitment to digital archaeological data preservation. The “in situ” release of tDAR (Winter 2012) includes the following primary components: New End-User Interface & Discovery Tools We worked with the team at Fervor Creative to completely redesign the end-user interface. We hope you find [...] [...]


Get off the Internet, I need to make a call

The screech of a dial-up modem is unforgettable to anyone who accessed the web in the… [...]


Acoustic properties of Moche sites in the Jequetepeque valley, Peru (Dianne Scullin, Columbia)

Earlier this month, I attended the South American Archaeology Seminar, hosted bi-annually at UCL by Dr Bill Sillar. These sessions are an outlet for a broad variety of interests and terrific original research stemming from archaeologists working South America and the Caribbean, yet the overlap with archaeological computing is a surprisingly rare occurrence. A welcome [...] [...]



In classical Greek, an idiôtês (ἰδιώτης) is a private individual, as opposed to someone acting in an official capacity as a member of a community.  From the unskilled or amateur actions of an ἰδιώτης comes the later sense we use in English.

Everything I post on this blog I do as an idiôtês;  sometimes, too, as an idiot.  When I vented my frustration with the way PhD programs are failing our graduate students, I made the mistake of trying to present my critique as satire.  I should have realized that people currently enduring the horrible stress of the academic job market might misread this as criticism of the job candidates.   No one should fault new PhDs for the impossible situation they find themselves in:  a better writer than I should still highlight how PhD programs in the humanities are failing their graduate students.

To any one who found my prior post in poor taste or offensive, I apologize.  Since comments can seem insignificant when buried beneath a post, I wanted to elevate this note to a post of its own. [...]


RTI & the Late Bronze Age stela of Mirasiviene

This Late Bronze Age (LBA) stela was found many years ago in a country-estate located in the Guadalquivir Valley (South Spain). Last September David Wheatley (University of Southampton), Leonardo García Sanjuán (University of Seville) and I have conducted fieldwork on the site where it was found (see also: previous post). We have also applied advanced [...] [...]