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Archaeological Computing

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Amiens Cathedral
A Multimedia Project for the Columbia University Core Curriculum.

Antiquity-Special review section-Electronic archaeology
Electronic archaeology centres on the Internet (text files, email, file transfer and Telnet) and its hypertext- and graphics-capable arm, the World Wide Web; it also includes CD-ROM and its successors, and electronic archives. In not too many pages, this Special sketches what there is and what it means.

Archaeological Data Service
The aim of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is to collect, describe, catalogue, preserve, and provide user support for digital resources that are created as a product of archaeological research. The ADS also has a responsibility for promoting standards and guidelines for best practice in the creation, description, preservation and use of spatial information across the AHDS as a whole. For those classes of archaeological data where there are existing archival bodies the role of the ADS will be to collaborate with the appropriate national and local agencies to promote greater use of existing services.

Archaeology Data Service Archaeological Computing Methodology
This page provides you with pointers to existing literature about computing methods in archaeology.

Archaeological Park, Xanten
The CAD-model of Colonia Ulpia Traiana has been created with the CAD-system ALLPLAN of Nemetschek Programmsystem GmbH in a students seminar 'Unsichtbares sichtbar machen - Rekonstruktion einer antiken Stadt mit CAD'. In addition to the usual hyperlinks the model makes extensive use of 'clickable maps'. Clicking onto an object (e.g. the amphitheatre) in one of the framed images moves into the next layer of detail of our model.

ArchNet: Archaeological Software

AutoCAD info + tools

Barrow placement in the Stonehenge area
The ritual landscape around Stonehenge embraces one of the largest data sets within prehistoric Britain, and despite the intensity of fieldwork within the area it is also one of the least interrogated. This paper presents a study of the monuments within the Stonehenge area using a variety of computer-based analyses and visualisation techniques.

The Bonn Archaeological Software Package - (BASP)
The Bonn Archaeological Software Package (BASP) is a non-commercial, non-profit software project for and by archaeologists which has been developed cooperatively since 1973. It now includes more than 60 functions for seriation, clustering, correspondance analysis, and other tools for archaeologists working with IBM compatible PC's under DOS and Windows.

Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology

CADalog - CAD Catalogue
The CADalog Web Site is a Huge collection of 2803 AutoCAD Related Files! All are freely distributable Public Domain, Freeware, Shareware, Demo Code, Source Code, Utilities, Applications, etc. for the AutoCAD professional.

Computer Aided Design in Archaeology
This page provides links of use to archaeologists working with CAD packages.

Computer Applications in Archaeology
This site is meant to serve as a source of archaeology computer resources on the Web.

Computing in Archaeology – Software and Software Related Resources

GIS and Remote Sensing for Archaeology: Burgundy, France
Applications of GIS and remote sensing in archaeology.

GIS and Roman settlement patterns in Spain

This discussion list is intended to facilitate discussion between archaeologists making use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Giza Plateau Computer Model
The Oriental Institute established a Computer Laboratory in July, 1990, to facilitate and encourage the use of computer technology by the faculty and staff in their analysis of the ancient Near East. The Laboratory provides faculty and staff with technical assistance in the selection, development, and operation of specific computer applications, including word processing, database management, and graphics. Additionally, the Laboratory contains some technologically advanced equipment. This equipment allows the computer laboratory staff to work closely with Oriental Institute archaeological expeditions to produce sophisticated computer models and graphic images of their sites.

gnet is a general purpose editor/browser for directed graphs. One of its main uses is as a tool for visualising archaeological stratigraphy, but it is equally suited to a wide range of other applications.

GPS Base Station - Archaeological Computing Laboratory
The Archaeological Computing Laboratory (ACL) maintains a 12 channel Trimble Community Base Station situated at Sydney University. The base station is linked to the ACL file server, where recent correction data is stored and made available through ftp.

Graphical analysis of regional archaeological data
The use of site typology to explore the Dutch Neolithization process.

The IDRISI Project
Founded in 1987 by Geography Professor Ron Eastman, the IDRISI Project is a not-for-profit project within the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. The mandate of the Project is to further the development and understanding of computer-assisted geographic analysis. The raster-based geographic analysis packages IDRISI and IDRISI for Windows are developed, distributed and supported by the Project. To date, there are over 20,000 registered users of IDRISI software in over 130 countries, making it the most widely used raster GIS in the world.

INSITE - Computer based reconstructions of archaeological sites

Integrated Archaeological Database System
The concept of a computerised Integrated Archaeological Database System, IADB for short, was formulated over five years ago. The project was initiated by Stephen Stead and has been developed by Michael Rains with archaeological support from Peter Clark and Richard Sermon.

The interactive Virtual Reality model of Stonehenge
Virtual reality worlds let you visit places you might never see in person. The stones of Stonehenge are roped off to the public but Virtual Stonehenge lets you wander among them on your PC. Explore on your own or take a guided tour through time to see the past, present and future of this historic landmark. Virtual Stonehenge features special effects such as detailed textures, dynamic lighting, and fog that benefit from the power of a PentiumŪ II processor. You can run the model on an older system, but you'll experience lower levels of detail and slower frame rates which will make your experience less lifelike.

Internet Archaeology - Papers:

Sensuous and reflexive GIS: exploring visualisation and VRML

Philippa Tomlinson and Allan R. Hall A review of the archaeological evidence for food plants from the British Isles: an example of the use of the Archaeobotanical Computer Database (ABCD)

James Lyall and Dominic Powlesland The application of high resolution fluxgate gradiometery as an aid to excavation planning and strategy formulation

Robert Daniels The need for the solid modelling of structure in the archaeology of buildings

Alicia Wise and Paul MillerWhy metadata matters in archaeology

Alan Vince, Julian Richards, Seamus Ross and Mike HeyworthPublishing archaeology on the Web: who reads this stuff anyway?

Knowlton Henge Complex
Over the past three years Bournemouth University has carried out a programme of field survey and excavation at Knowlton Circles in North Dorset. The purpose of this web page is to provide an introduction to the monument complex at Knowlton, and to provide an outline of the results so far obtained. All data and interpretations within this web page are interim comments prior to full analysis and publication. The graphics used are intended only to give an impression of the range of findings and are not in all cases fully processed.

North West Wetlands Survey

Occasional Paper No. 41 of the ACLS
Computing and the Humanities: Summary of a Roundtable Meeting

Presenting Archaeological Information with Java Applets

Remote Sensing Sites
The University of Sydney Archaeological Computing Laboratory jumpsite to Remote Sensing websites around the World.

Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeology
This site aims to provide a focus for information relating to the application of satellite imagery to archaeology.

Southampton Archaeology - MSc in Archaeological Computing Sylabus

Stapely Hill
Stapeley Hill is a small Bronze Age ring cairn situated close to the Welsh border near Shrewsbury. In addition to the cairn, the site has associated field clearance walls and a fairly prominent ridge and furrow field system. Topographical surveying has been carried out on the site previously, and it was decided that this would form the basis of a comparitive study of different geophysical surveying techniques on a single site.

Teaching Archaeological Geophysical Survey
An example Macromedia Authorware 3.5 Shockwave application.

TLTP Archaeology
The TLTP Archaeology Consortium is a UK government financed project which aims to improve the efficiency and quality of archaeology teaching by encouraging the use of new technologies. In order to do this the Consortium has been involved in the production of a wide variety of high quality multimedia software for archaeology undergraduates.

University of Sydney, Archaeological Computing Laboratory
A computing laboratory which is freely available to all Archaeology staff and students for everything from wordprocessing to statistical or GIS analysis. The Archaeological Computing Laboratory (ACL) is the best equipped computing facility for Archaeology in Australia.

Visualisation of Landscapes Project
The Visualisation of Landscapes project is a University funded teaching initiative within the Archaeology Department, in conjunction with the Departments of Computer Science and Geography. The project is an inter-disciplinary exercise into the interpretation of archaeological data with the aid of computer technology, in order to visualise landscapes. The eventual results will be packaged so that they can be used primarily in first and second year undergraduate teaching and in the Landscape Archaeology MA.

VRML and Archaeology
Virtual Reality Modeling Language and Archaeology VRML offers a new way of presenting three dimensional objects and has tremendous potential for archaeological material. Sites can be shown in the context of their landscapes. Complex structures can be more readily understood when presented as models which can be manipulated and explored, an obvious advantage when displaying standing structures and building reconstructions. Models of artefacts are also more comprehensible than pictures.

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