A general group for archaeologists and those interested in archaeology.
In this paper I show that an approach that focuses on all named individuals at Mycenaean pylos yields important insights into the operation of the state.
Reciprocity and symbolic exchange are of considerable importance to understanding the Mycenaean political economy at Pylos. Thus, while wealth finance is a useful heuristic concept for making sense of Mycenaean political economy, it does not do an adequate job of describing or explaining that economy, which would be better characterized as a…[Read more]
This is a pre-review, preprint of a contribution to volume on abandonment in antiquity edited by Deb Brown and Rebecca Seifried that will by published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota in 2019. The article documents visits to an “abandoned” settlement called Lakka Skoutara in the southeastern Corinthia over a period of over 15…[Read more]
Im Allgemeinen sind archäologische Daten durch eine Vielzahl an Datentypen und Dateiformaten geprägt, die unterschiedliche Inhalte speichern. Hier spannt sich der Bogen etwa von Texten und tabellarisch erfassten quantitativen Daten über Objektfotografien bis hin zu Vektorgrafiken sowie den immer beliebteren 3D-Modellen. Diese ausgeprägte Div…[Read more]
This is an essay prepared for the republication of the 1958 Williston Report, edited by Kyle Conway and published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (forthcoming). The essay examines attitudes toward housing and home during the early-21st century Bakken oil boom in Western North Dakota.
Aus der Integration von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien (IKT) mit dem vielfältigen Fach »Archäologie« (vgl. Daly – Evans 2006) resultiert ein Studienfeld, das sich eingehend mit einem umfangreichen Pool unterschiedlicher Aspekte der IKT in der Archäologie auf theoretischer und praktischer Ebene beschäftigt (vgl. Costopoulos 2…[Read more]
An essay on the Greeks in Egypt during the Archaic and Classical periods.
There is an active trade in human remains facilitated by social media sites. In this paper we ask: can machine learning detect visual signals in photographs indicating that the human remains depicted are for sale? Do such signals even exist? This paper describes an experiment in using Tensorflow and the Google Inception-v3 model against a corpus…[Read more]
The models and animations of the Old Minster, Winchester were remarkable in 1984–6 for producing the earliest animated tour of a virtual archaeological monument. Thought to be lost, thirty years on the original model files were rediscovered buried under layers of now unsupported code and recovered.
This paper describes how the models were i…[Read more]
Digital technology increasingly pervades all settings of archaeological practice and virtually every stage of knowledge production. Through the digital we create, develop, manage and share our disciplinary crown jewels. However, technology adoption and digital mediation has not been uniform across all settings or stages. This diversity might be…[Read more]
Mobilizing the Past is a collection of 20 articles that explore the use and impact of mobile digital technology in archaeological field practice. The detailed case studies present in this volume range from drones in the Andes to iPads at Pompeii, digital workflows in the American Southwest, and examples of how bespoke, DIY, and commercial software…[Read more]
An archaeological comic introducing ‘Sarsen Country’, the area of central-southern and eastern England where sarsen stones can be found and have been used by people since the Neolithic period. The poster is drawn and laid out in the style of a railway poster from the inter-war years. It takes the viewer on a journey around the country, calling in…[Read more]
Dominik Hagmann deposited Reflections on the Use of Social Networking Sites as an Interactive Tool for Data Dissemination in Digital Archaeology in the group Archaeology on Humanities Commons 3 months, 1 week ago
Based on a case study, the paper analyses the possibilities of social media as a tool for science communication in the context of information and communication technology (ICT) usage in archaeology. Aside from discussing the characteristics of digital archaeology, the social networking sites (SNS) Twitter, Sketchfab, and ResearchGate are…[Read more]
There is a thriving trade, and collector community, around human remains that is facilitated by posts on new social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, and, until recently, eBay. In this article, we examine several thousand Instagram posts and perform some initial text analysis on the language and rhetoric of these posts to understand…[Read more]
Kirsty Millican deposited The end game: As Scotland’s Historic Land-use Assessment project reaches completion what have we learned? in the group Archaeology on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
For over a decade the Historic Land-Use Assessment Project, a partnership between Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, has undertaken the challenge of mapping the character of Scotland’s historic landscape. By 2015 the Project will have delivered 100% coverage and, for the first time, S…[Read more]
Social network analysis as a distinct field of study had its genesis in the anthropological
revolt against structural-functionalism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was born through
an awareness among a new generation of scholars that structural- functional models failed
to make adequate space for human agency. Attention to personal…[Read more]
Shawn Graham deposited EX FIGLINIS The Network Dynamics of the Tiber Valley Brick Industry in the Hinterland of Rome. BAR International Series 1486 in the group Archaeology on Humanities Commons 4 months, 1 week ago
The growth of the city of Rome was dependent on its ability to exploit successfully the human and natural resources of its hinterland. Although this hinterland eventually extended to incorporate the entire Mediterranean seaboard, the resources of the Tiber valley originally nourished the city and continued to do so despite the growth in imports…[Read more]
Agent-based modeling presents the opportunity to study phenomena such as the emergence of territories from the perspective of individuals. We present a tool for growing networks of socially-connected settlement structures from distribution map data, using an agent based model authored in the Netlogo programming language, version 3.1.2. The…[Read more]
For historians, agent-based modeling (ABM) methodologies allow us to formalise our thinking about how the past worked and explore those assumptions in a way previously limited to thought-experiments. In ABM, numerous autonomous, heterogeneous agents are allowed to interact in a digital environment according to rules of behaviour directly drawn…[Read more]
An appendix to my MA thesis, ‘Satisfied with a Knowledge of the Totals: Labouring to Build the Claudian Aqueducts’, Reading, 1998. In this appendix, I tried to match Ashby’s descriptions of the remains of the aqueducts with Van Deman’s descriptions. From these descriptions, I crafted a volumetric model of the quantities of materials used in the…[Read more]
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