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11 Aug

I recently migrated all the content from this blog to my new website!, I’m looking forward to see you there.

Hi all,

I hope you are having a great summer! Just a quick note to say that I’m migrating my blog to my new website. I hope you like it and continue following my research. Don’t hesitate to contact me anytime ūüôā

CAA2012 Attend Online Registration Open!

21 Mar

Hello everyone!

We are just few days away from CAA2012 and I have very good news for those that couldn’t attend for any reason.

Over the course of the CAA 2012, we will be producing¬†a series of eight¬†videos on a variety of topics, including ‚ÄėBest of the Day‚Äô, ‚ÄėThe Future of the CAA‚Äô, and ‚ÄėIs Archaeological Computing Changing?‚Äô.

All videos produced will be made available through this page, so please bookmark it if you intend to follow the conference online.

We will also be streaming the plenary session.

A timetable of online video content will be made available here nearer the date of the conference.

Register at CAA2012 attend online! and check all the possibilities that computing applications in Archaeology have for you!

Debating Spatial Archaeology

28 Nov

Hey guys, I thought this could be of great interest ūüôā

Internationl Workshop on Landscape and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
Santander, June 2012

Debating Spatial Archaeology

The study of spatiality is one of the most important issues in Archaeology. Since the very first moments of the discipline, the understanding of spatial relations has been a key factor for interpreting past social dynamics. The importance of spatial analyses has led to the appearance of specific issues within Archaeology, such as Landscape Archaeology, Spatial Statistics, Cognitive Archaeology, etc., all of which can broadly be included within the Spatial Archaeology issue. On the other hand, in recent years there has been great improvement in recording methods and analysis tools, mainly thanks to the generalization of GIS, which has contributed to the development of spatial analyses.

However, these methodological improvements and conceptual developments have not always had an accompanying parallel theoretical dissertation about the real application of spatial analyses to archaeological interpretations; spatial analyses usually focus on geographic data and cartographic outcomes which have to be inserted into a previously defined, fixed framework valid in its own right, instead of really trying to link those results with the proposed interpretations. In these cases, space is automatically assumed to be a fully significant concept, either from an economic or relational perspective, but without a serious discussion of what it really means with relation to each particular case.

The main aim of the Debating Spatial Archaeology International Workshop is to provide a debate forum where archaeologists can discuss what space means in Archaeology, how it is perceived and interpreted by archaeologists, and why. Keeping in mind the need for a connection between methodology issues, analysis results and interpretations, participants are encouraged not only to analyse spatial variability, but to point out the probable reasons for such variability from in terms of social space, as well as to discuss how their spatial analyses can improve the understanding of social and historical dynamics within their case studies.

Second Call for Papers Computer Applications in Archaeology 2012

26 Nov

CAA Southampton

CAA2012 Call for Papers

Submissions are requested for the 2012 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology to be hosted by the Archaeological Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton.

The main aim of the CAA conference is to bring together researchers, professionals and students with an interest in the field of computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology. We therefore welcome submission of abstracts in English of up to 500 words that:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Describe original, technically excellent, critical, and/or synthetic research

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Focus on interesting computation and/ or quantitative methods and theories applied in archaeology and related disciplines

You may choose to present your research via a long paper (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and handover), short paper (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and handover), or a poster. You may submit your research to a specific proposed session or to the general session. Poster sessions will run on each day of the conference and posters will be linked in the conference documents and website to the sessions to which they were submitted. Please indicate your preference in your submission.

Provisionally the conference will be divided into six themes:

1.            Data Analysis, Modelling, Management, Integration and Visualisation

2.            Field and Lab Recording

3.            Geospatial technologies

4.            Human Computer Interaction, Multimedia and Museums

5.            Simulating the Past

6.            Theoretical Approaches and Context of Archaeological Computation

The list of proposed sessions is available online:

You should submit your paper via the CAA2012 Open Conference System available online:

The deadline is 11:59pm 30 November 2011. Accepted papers will be announced and conference booking system will open on 21st December 2011. Please note that at least one of the authors of a paper or poster must be registered for and attend the conference.

All research presented at CAA2012 may be submitted after the conference for peer review for publication in the conference proceedings. These will be published prior to CAA2013.

Note: If you would like your paper to be considered for the CAA Recycle Award then please indicate this in your submission:

Look also for our session about the study of movement:

Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

Computer Applications in Archaeology – Call for papers

7 Nov

Hey guys,

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is open for our session in the CAA conference that is taking place at the University of Southampton in March 2012.

Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

Patricia Murrieta-Flores*, Angeliky Chrysanthi* and Stuart Dunn^

*University of Southampton

^King’s College London

Human movement and mobility has always been a challenging topic in the field of archaeology ‚Äďinvolving research both in past and contemporary settings- due to the static nature of material culture which usually conditions both its interpretation and reception. Research on movement also, features in discourses pertinent to spatial perception, wayfinding and embodied experience providing thus, an ideal ground for interdisciplinary research.

Movement in past societies can be considered a scalar phenomenon whose study requires the consideration of diverse temporal and spatial scales. In order to understand how people travelled and moved during the past, it is necessary to delve into a series of theoretical and practical issues that range from the basic variables and factors that affect human movement such as physiology, perception, and social relationships, to the specific conditions of the environment in which the studied society lived. In the past decade, a wide range of computational approaches in different disciplines has been developed helping us to shed light into a variety of hypothesis related to human movement.

Similarly, current technological advances in motion capture, tracking systems and simulation techniques enable the study of human movement and the experience of moving both in real and virtual spaces; and to extrapolate from one to the other. This has unlocked a variety of new territories for research and practice-led work which informs the computer-mediated fields of heritage such as site and visitor management, fieldwork, serious games in cultural heritage, museology and visitor experience studies. It also allows us to (re) consider some of the assumptions that lie behind the capture and presentation of 3D imagery of archaeological features and environments.

The purpose of this session is to bring together the various technologies and computational methodologies used by archaeologists and other specialists that explore past and present human movement. We also welcome papers that examine potential lines of collaboration on this topic between a diversity of fields like physiology, psychology, archaeology, heritage management, design and computer science.

Online tool to convert .kml to .shp

1 Aug

Hi guys, today I just wanted to share with you a very useful tool that I found.

Is called Kml2Shp and it exports online any kml to ESRI shapefile format or the other way around. Very nice tool ūüôā

The importance of the correct use of projections in GIS data

21 Mar

Hello guys,

Today I was explaining somebody about the consequences of messing up the geographic coordinate systems and projection when you are working with GIS data.

In reality once you decided which projection you are going to work with, to have all your data with the same projection or to transform data that is in another projection is very simple. However, the problem comes when you mix data with different projections such as, for instance, a DEM with one CS and a shapefile with another. Although software like Arcgis warns you when you are working with data in two different systems, it doesn’t stop you from doing spatial analysis or any other kind of work. To illustrate this problem (that can be quite serious if you get it wrong), I’m going to show you the difference using two point shapefiles with THE SAME DATA but DIFFERENT PROJECTION.

The red dots represent archaeological sites that were recorded in ED_1950_UTM_Zone_30N and the black dots are the same sites but projected as WGS_1984_UTM_Zone_30N

Different projections

Although the difference may not seem large (182.923 m), in fact, when performing spatial analysis this will have its impact in the results. I know that in archaeological cases this might not be an error that cause a major disaster like calculating wrong, for instance, flooding levels of a damn. However, it is highly important that you get it right in order to have correct results.

There is a very useful resource where you can find the main¬†geographic_transformations_complete, parameters and areas of use released by ESRI that can be used with all “project” tools in Arcgis.

Ok, I hope this is useful and see you soon ūüôā

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