Archaeology, Archaeology digital

US and England map data

Just a short post to point to a source of some really interesting map data: MapCruzin.com If you're looking for modern US map data, they've got some really interesting datasets to download, including toxic waste and census data. In addition, they have a few datasets for England which include waterway data, which really interested me.… Continue reading US and England map data

Archaeology, Archaeology digital

Importing DigiMap NTF files to ArcMap

Following on from my post pointing to free downloadable map data for the UK and Roman period, and yesterday's post giving walk-throughs on importing three types of file available from theDigiMap to ArcMap, I've got another file type to discuss: Profile and Panorama Contour vector data (NTF files) Edina Digimap are in the process of… Continue reading Importing DigiMap NTF files to ArcMap

Archaeology, Archaeology digital

Learner experiences getting Edina DigiMap data into ArcMap

Following the previous post where I pointed to a few sources of map data, I thought I'd write about importing them into ArcMap 10.1, particularly because it's been quite labour intensive and whilst there are plenty of walk-throughs on the respective websites, very few of them have solved all my problems. I should say I… Continue reading Learner experiences getting Edina DigiMap data into ArcMap

Archaeology, Archaeology digital

UK GIS layers and Roman map data

For the last week or so I have been experimenting with something old and something new: GIS. In particular, since I have finally given in and bought a laptop capable of handling complex tasks without freezing, I've installed ArcMap. This is a piece of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software produced by ESRI, which is hideously… Continue reading UK GIS layers and Roman map data

Archaeology, Archaeology Conferences

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference

Things have been, and probably will continue to be quiet here, as I'm using all my blogging brain over at the Experimental Archaeology Conference Website. With support from Roeland Paardekooper, I've written and currently run the Conference's website, which contains the archive of abstracts from all of the past conferences, as well as a substantial… Continue reading 7th Experimental Archaeology Conference

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Analysis work at the Earth Sciences Department, Fribourg, Switzerland

I've been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to use the Phillips 2400 wavelength dispersive x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (WD-XRF) at the Earth Sciences Department in Fribourg, Switzerland. Consequently I've been extremely quiet here, as I've been in the labs non-stop for the last few months preparing my samples. Here at the Institute we prepare our… Continue reading Analysis work at the Earth Sciences Department, Fribourg, Switzerland

Archaeology, Archaeology outreach

Outreach at the Wellcome Elements (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) event

Undertaking portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry of metallic objects at the Wellcome Collection, June 2012. Image copyright: Wellcome Images Wow! As you can see, we had a busy time at the Wellcome Collection Elements - Gold, Silver and Bronze¬† night. I was running the assaying stand, where we using a very nice Olympus Gold Xpert portable… Continue reading Outreach at the Wellcome Elements (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) event

Archaeology, Archaeology outreach

Wellcome Collection ‘Elements’ night

On Friday the 22nd of June I shall be taking part in the Wellcome Collection's Elements Gold, Silver, Bronze (aka copper and tin) night here in London. It looks to be a pretty action-packed evening with everything from opera singers to alchemists, debates to silversmithing demonstrations. It's on between 7:30pm - 11:00pm on a free,… Continue reading Wellcome Collection ‘Elements’ night

Archaeology, Archaeology Conferences

International Symposium on Archaeometry 2012, Leuven Belgium

The International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA) is a week-long conference that's held biennially. It's the big conference for archaeologists who use scientific techniques to generate data on archaeological sites, objects or issues. This year it was in Leuven, Belgium, and I was extremely pleased to win funding from the UCL Graduate School and the Institute… Continue reading International Symposium on Archaeometry 2012, Leuven Belgium