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Meet the #OAFund winner!

To mark the 2017 Open Access week, we thought it would be a good time to introduce the winner of our first Open Access Archaeology fund award (see our original announcement here), decided on after much deliberation and consideration by the panel of 3 independent judges. So…

Meet Chris

Figure 1: Chris with his geophysics equipment. Image credit: C. Whittaker

Chris Whittaker carried out a survey at Breedon on the Hill, a multi-period hilltop site, as part of his undergraduate dissertation at Newcastle University, supervised by Dr Caron Newman. After graduating he worked outside archaeology in the technology sector. However conscious that his data was potentially at risk, he applied to the fund to help preserve the data and publish his findings. He has since started to study for a research master’s in settlement archaeology at Newcastle University.

The judges felt that Chris’ proposal – Breedon Hill, Leicestershire: an archaeological investigation at the multi-period hilltop site – was “an important site and methodically-collected dataset, which made good use of both Internet Archaeology and ADS, with the data having considerable potential for re-use to inform future fieldwork”.

About Breedon Hill
Breedon Hill, Leicestershire is a scheduled ancient monument. The hilltop was the site of a univallate hillfort present from the Early-Middle Iron Age. From the 7th century AD, a minster church was founded within the hillfort enclosure. Today, approximately two-thirds of the Iron Age rampart, and much of the hillfort interior, has been irretrievably lost due to quarrying (Figure 2). The investigation combined magnetometry and resistivity geophysical surveys, alongside digital terrain models (processed LIDAR data), to contribute to the understanding of the character and development of the hillfort interior and its immediate environment. Very little is known about the different phases of occupation at the hilltop, as previous excavations have primarily focussed on the ramparts, and so Chris’ investigation sought to address this issue.

Figure 2: Breedon Hill Quarry. Taken from http://www.geograph.org.uk/p/4597198 ©Anthony Parkes and licensed for reuse under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

The results of Chris’ geophysical survey reveal several phases of roundhouses and post-hole built structures, as well as several potential associated enclosures, in the south-eastern part of the hillfort interior. These will be published as part of a future open access article in Internet Archaeology and will link to a related digital archive deposited with the Archaeology Data Service. We are looking forward to working with Chris in the coming months.

The church at Breedon in relation to what remains of the western rampart. Image credit: C. Whittaker

Chris said “The work was undertaken while I was an undergraduate student, firstly as part of an independent summer research programme (processing the LIDAR data), and secondly as part of an undergraduate dissertation (undertaking the geophysical survey). Publisher or institutional paywalls are often barriers for local researchers to study the world around them. And I know from personal experience that projects such as the digitisation of volumes of the Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, preserved with the ADS, are of great benefit to local and school-level research alike. From a research perspective [open access] offers many opportunities for colleagues from different backgrounds to build on and potentially refine the resources preserved.”

And now, we start all over again…
As you know, the Open Access Archaeology fund is made up of donations, set aside to support the digital archiving and publication costs of those researchers for whom funding is simply not available despite research quality and whose digital data is potentially at greater risk.

Thank you to everyone for your support for our #OAFund which is now being used to support the open access dissemination of Chris’ work. Of course, in making the first award, we now need to start all over again to raise sufficient funds for the next round to help more early career and independent researchers like him. So please consider donating today and help to reduce the barriers to open archaeological research and advance knowledge of our shared human past.

https://www.yorkspace.net/giving/donate/archaeology-fund

We want to send out lots more of our little USB trowels just like last year and we have an extra special gift for everyone who sets up a recurring monthly or annual gift!

Christmas Competition

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ADS and Internet Archaeology are teaming up again this year to provide you with the opportunity to win one of our much sought after trowel-shaped usb sticks!

To be in with a chance to win, just find one or more Christmas baubles hidden on the ADS or Internet Archaeology websites and tell us the location (web address) by emailing help@archaeologydataservice.ac.uk  or by private messaging @ADS_Update or @IntarchEditor on Twitter.

Every correct entry received will be entered into a prize draw to be held on Monday 4th January 2016. There are 6 different baubles to find so each individual can enter the draw  a maximum number of 6 times. (i.e. you can’t submit more than one entry per bauble location).

The competition is now closed.

Happy bauble hunting!

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We are now please to be able to announce the winner of our Christmas competition was Rachael Nicholson! Congratulations Rachael, your new usb stick is in the post.

 

 

We have a winner! Digital Data Reuse Award 2015

Internet Archaeology and the Archaeology Data Service are pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 Digital Data Reuse Award.

The award was instigated to recognise the outstanding work being carried out through the re-use of digital data and raise awareness of the research potential of data re-use in archaeology and beyond.

The winner  receives the opportunity to publish free of charge in Internet Archaeology, and all the finalists will receive a certificate and one of our coveted trowel-shaped USB sticks.

Find out about the winner, the finalists and the highly commended entries below!
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Digital Data Re-use Award 2015

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

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

This Award is intended to:
  • acknowledge the wide range of research carried out that re-uses data hosted at the ADS
  • raise awareness of the research potential of data re-use in archaeology and beyond
  • raise the winners profiles amongst peers
  • assist the winners career development

The top 3 entries will receive one of our coveted 1GB trowel-shaped USB sticks, a certificate of accomplishment, and will be invited to publish their case studies in the ADS blog SoundBytes.
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You(r) Archaeology – portraying the past competition

What is archaeology?logo_nearch_small

An adventure?

A pain in the neck?

The appeal of the past?

The magic of marvelous sites?

A dusty museum?

Probably all of these together, and still more.

Up until 31 July 2015, all European citizens can answer the question and tell us about their idea of archaeology by entering a drawing, painting, photo or video in the European competition “You(r) Archaeology”. The competition is open to all citizens of the EU and includes a special section for children (0-12 years).
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On the 12th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

a windswept Bronze Age site,

        a dig team in the office,  an icy Roscommon Castle, a Temple to Saturn, Christmas jumpers in the lab, a snowy Silbury Hill, two ‘geofizzing’ students, a  snow covered Castle Hill, a  sweeping  digger  in  the snow,  a  frosty  Grimspound,   a  Lewis  chess  piece,  and  a  snow capped Avebury.

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This  image was submitted by Spencer Carter of a site hoped to be Mesolithic, but turned out to be Bronze Age, Where have we heard that before…?

Related resources (if it was Mesolithic…!)

Mesolithic themed issue in Internet Archaeology

Paul R. Preston 2009 ‘Cache and Carry: lithic technology and Mesolithic mobility’, Internet Archaeology 26. DOI: 10.11141/ia.26.25

Gaffney, V. et al. 2013 ‘Time and a Place: A luni-solar ‘time-reckoner’ from 8th millennium BC Scotland‘, Internet Archaeology 34. DOI: 10.11141/ia.34.1

On the 11th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

a dig team in the office,

          an icy Roscommon Castle, a Temple to Saturn, Christmas jumpers in the lab, a snowy Silbury Hill, two ‘geofizzing’ students, a  snow covered Castle Hill, a  sweeping  digger  in  the snow,  a  frosty  Grimspound,   a  Lewis  chess  piece,  and  a  snow capped Avebury.

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These photos were submitted by the team from Wessex Archaeology Scotland. It looks there was partaking of mulled wine somewhere along the way!

Related resources

Possible alcohol consumption noted in Pottery consumption and cultural change from M. Pitts 2006 ‘Consumption, deposition and social practice: a ceramic approach to intra-site analysis in late Iron Age to Roman Britain’, Internet Archaeology 21.

On the 10th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

an icy Roscommon Castle,

           a Temple to Saturn, Christmas jumpers in the lab, a snowy Silbury Hill, two ‘geofizzing’ students, a  snow covered Castle Hill, a  sweeping  digger  in  the snow,  a  frosty  Grimspound,   a  Lewis  chess  piece,  and  a  snow capped Avebury.

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Frank Scott submitted this image via Facebook of  Roscommon Castle, Ireland. It made a particularly striking panorama when cropped.

Related resources

Castles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are even virtual! J. Huggett and C. Guo-Yuan 2000 ‘3D Interpretative Modelling of Archaeological Sites/A Computer Reconstruction of a Medieval Timber and Earthwork Castle’, Internet Archaeology 8.

On the 9th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

a Temple to Saturn,

           Christmas jumpers in the lab, a snowy Silbury Hill, two ‘geofizzing’ students, a  snow covered Castle Hill, a  sweeping  digger  in  the snow,  a  frosty  Grimspound,   a  Lewis  chess  piece,  and  a  snow capped Avebury.

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Massimo Brando submitted this excellent image of the snow frosted Temple of Saturn in Rome.

Related resources

For more on Rome’s temples, see N. Terrenato et al. 2012 ‘The S. Omobono Sanctuary in Rome: Assessing eighty years of fieldwork and exploring perspectives for the future‘, Internet Archaeology 31.

Or dip your toes into maritime Rome with the evolution of Rome’s maritime facade: archaeology and geomorphology at Castelporziano archive.

On the 8th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

Christmas jumpers in the lab,

           a snowy Silbury Hill, two ‘geofizzing’ students, a snow covered Castle Hill, a  sweeping  digger  in  the snow,  a  frosty  Grimspound,  a  Lewis  chess  piece,  and  a  snow capped Avebury.

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Jumpers from Jersey! Viki Le Quelenec submitted this image from Jersey Heritage of their staff in festive Christmas outfits – the one on the right is an interesting take on the usual festive greeting!

Related resources

Some of the most exciting archaeological work is done in the lab post-excavation, whether we’re wearing Christmas jumpers or not.  See To Block Lift or not to Block Lift? An Experiment at the Early Mesolithic Site of Star Carr, North-East Yorkshire, UK in Internet Archaeology 28.

Or for something slightly warmer! You might want to consider AustArch: A Database of 14C and Luminescence Ages from Archaeological Sites in Australia.