The iPad is an ideal tool for field archaeology.

This blog sets out to bring together experiences of archaeologists using iPads.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

iPad apps for fieldwork

A very useful Pinterest board from Enhancing Fieldwork Learning, showing useful iPad apps for fieldwork, etc.

You can find the iPad apps for fieldwork Pinterest board here...

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Look for the Current Archaeology Website

Current Archaeology now has a dedicated news editor in-house, and the news articles are now posted on our website as the stories break rather than simply published in the magazine.  You can also subscribe to receive an email newsletter, and there are RSS feeds for your newreader as well.

Go to the Current Archaeology Website...

Twitter Feed:!/CurrentArchaeo

The Current World Archaeology website has also been updated.

Go to the Current World ArchaeologyWebsite...


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

3-D Scanning: Bringing History Back to Life

Specialists are using new technology to unravel a mystery in the Smithsonian collections (2:18)

Produced by: Beth Py-Lieberman and Ryan R. Reed 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Where are all the innovators in academia?

Innovation regularly transforms the business world, but we have yet to see the equivalent in the university sector

Universities are reasonably conservative places and virtually no institutions have moved away from the three-year undergraduate degree, or the one-year master's programme. The exceptions, such as the four-year classics programme at Oxford, are mainly historical anomalies rather than recent innovations.

Almost all universities are geared around either full-time undergraduates, or part-time students who will take the full-time programme over a longer time period. Tuition methods are usually based around lectures and classes, with the exceptions often more conservative still – Oxford and Cambridge, for instance, use tutorials rather than classes, but this again is an old established tradition.

The sector lacks radical entrants. In the old days the only cheap airfares within Europe were returns, including a Saturday night stay. The low-cost airlines moved away from this model by offering day returns, usually at the same price as returns that included a Saturday night stay. Airlines such as British Airways were forced to respond, and consumers benefited. Apple's iPad has transformed the face of personal computing. Home delivery has transformed the supermarket sector. Yet we have not seen the equivalent in the university sector.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Oxford Online Courses in Archaeology

The University of Oxford's online courses in archaeology for Trinity term are now open for enrolment.

"Cave paintings, castles and pyramids, Neanderthals, Romans and Vikings - archaeology is about the excitement of discovery, finding out about our ancestors, exploring landscape through time, piecing together puzzles of the past from material remains.
"Our courses enable you to experience all this through online archaeological resources based on primary evidence from excavations and artefacts and from complex scientific processes and current thinking. Together with guided reading, discussion and activities you can experience how archaeologists work today to increase our knowledge of people and societies from the past."
You can find the full list of courses here...

Virtual Tour of Bamberg Cathedral

With a symbolic mouse-click, Archbishop Ludwig Schick opened the online virtual tour of Bamberg Cathedral.

This week Bamberg Cathedral is celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of the first cathedral in Bamberg.

The online tour consists of two parts: a short video with commentary and a panoramic virtual tour with points of interest marked.  Clicking on these point will take you to further photographs and information.

You can find the virtual tour here...

Unfortunately, the panorama does not work on an iPad, neither does the video.

However, there is a You Tube version of the video which is compatible with the iPad; you can find it here...