12 Days of Christmas Archaeology Photos

As part of the Archaeology Data Service and Internet Archaeology’s #festivearchaeology Christmas Archaeology Photo Competitionwe will be publishing a Christmas themed archaeology photo every day for the 12 days of Christmas.

From snow-covered henges, to Christmas jumper clad archaeologists and archaeology themed Christmas tree toppers, stay tuned to see our 12 days of Christmas.

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We will be starting with the winning photo from Paul Adams, who will be receiving a special edition trowel usb stick in his stocking this year.

The winning photo will be posted on Christmas Day and you can see a sneak preview in the ADS e-newsletter.

To sign up for the newsletter contact email help@archaeologydataservice.ac.uk.

The following 12 days will feature photos from Dig It 2015, Archaeology Live, Wessex Archaeology Scotland, Massimo Brando, Helen Goodchild, Tim Sandles, Spencer Carter, Jason Dodds & WYAAS, Frank Scott, and Viki Le Quelenec.

Follow our #festivearchaeology here on the Soundbytes blog, or on Twitter and Facebook to find out which photo features each day.

Christmas Photo Competition

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Our USB trowels are special and snowy !

The Archaeology Data Service and Internet Archaeology and are giving away one of our fabulous and rare trowel-shaped USB sticks in December.

To be in with a chance to win, send us your Christmas themed archaeology photos. From snow-covered Roman Forts to Christmas jumper clad diggers, anything goes!

Photographs must be your copyright. The winning photographer will receive a USB trowel, and the winning photo will also be published in pride of place in the Christmas issue of the ADS e-newsletter (with attribution).

A further eleven runners-up will also feature in our ’12 days of Christmas cheer’ posts both on the ADS and the Internet Archaeology social media accounts.

Competition closes at 12 noon on Monday15th December 2014.

Send your photos to help@archaeologydataservice.ac.uk

OR post them on the ADS or Internet Archaeology Facebook page

OR Tweet @ADS_Update or @IntarchEditor

Please use the hash tag #festivearchaeology and don’t forget to Like and Follow us too!

The prize winning image may be cropped to correctly fit the e-newsletter format. By submitting your photos to the competition you are providing the ADS and Internet Archaeology permission to distribute your image via our social media accounts.

Archaeological Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a ‘disruptive technology’, a technology that forces us to rethink how we do (or used to do) things – from protecting white rhino to delivering pizza. Everyone who needs a bird’s eye view is now wondering how this technology can help them; farmers, structural engineers, ecologists and, of course, archaeologists.

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Hexacopter equipped to take near-vertical photographs

In theory, even a very minor archaeological site can now benefit from its very own aerial survey. But while the possibilities for archaeology are immensely exciting, many of the actual results are still disappointing; blurry aerial photos, images which may be pretty but which can’t be georeferenced and expensive cameras hitting the ground at terminal velocity.

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Introducing English Heritage Archaeological Monographs

EHMonographs_blogEnglish Heritage has a long tradition of producing high quality, well illustrated archaeological monographs about key sites and topics of importance to the understanding of the historic environment in England. Many of the past titles have long been out of print and yet are still of value for reference purposes. English Heritage is now making these titles available as ebooks (see the English Heritage Publishing catalogue for details) and as PDFs which can be downloaded for free from the ADS: English Heritage Archaeological Monographs archive page.
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HERALD Update

Over the summer holiday period we’ve continued to work away at trying to make sense of the results of the range of surveys we undertook earlier in the year. While completion of the reports is still a work in progress we wanted to give you a sneak preview into the results and the way in which it was forming out ideas about a new model for OASIS. The survey results have reinforced a few things that we already suspected.

We definitely:

  • need to maintain a consistent and continuing level of communication, engagement and training surrounding the system.
  • need a range of workflows to suit different people.
  • need to provide for different levels of interaction with the system, from a light touch to a comprehensive reporting system.
  • need to encourage the archiving and dissemination of grey literature.
  • need to include the museum curators in the process.
  • need to include the ability to record specialist data when and where appropriate.
  • need to work with data consumers to make import and export systems that are simple to use.

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New Guidelines for ADS Depositors

data_repositoryThe ADS, supported by funding from the Archives and Records Association, has recently revamped our Guidelines for Depositors.

The revamp reviewed the current ADS guidelines on digital archive deposition and developed updated guidance policies for depositors in light of the recent revisions to the Guides to Good Practice and the development of ADS-easy.

The revision to the ADS Guidelines for Depositors has produced a new user friendly interface designed after detailed consultation with users on the most intuitive and instructive way to present the guidelines.

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Digital Data Re-use Award

Internet Archaeology and the Archaeology Data Service have teamed up to provide an Award that recognises the outstanding archaeological research being carried out through the re-use of digital data.

The Digital Data Re-use Award offers archaeological researchers the chance to promote their work and win the opportunity to publish, free of charge, in the premier open access journal Internet Archaeology.
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Internet Archaeology Goes Fully Open Access

Internet Archaeology is pleased to announce  that it has become a fully open access journal.

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From this month Internet Archaeology’s 130 institutional subscribers from the UK, USA, Australia and Europe will no longer have to pay the £160 a year subscription and the £7 charge for individual articles is also being scrapped, making Internet Archaeology one of the first journals to transition from a subscription model to full open access. Several things have spurred this decision.
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Marie Curie post doctoral fellow Fabrizio Galeazzi joins ADS and the Centre for Digital Heritage

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Fabrizio 3D laser scanning at Las Cuevas site, Chiquibul Reserve (Belize).

This term ADS are pleased to welcome Fabrizio Galeazzi, a new Marie Curie post doctoral fellow, who will be working with us and the Centre for Digital Heritage.

Fabrizio comes to York having received a BA and MA in Archaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, specializing in Late Antiquity and Medieval Archaeology, and completing a Ph.D. in World Cultures/Heritage at the University of California, Merced. Fabrizio’s doctoral research investigated the potential use of 3D technologies for the analysis and interpretation of archaeological and heritage sites and how 3D documentation technologies, such as laser scanning and dense stereo matching techniques, are changing archaeological excavation practices.
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