The iPad is an ideal tool for field archaeology.

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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Microsoft unveils iPad Office suite

BBC's Richard Taylor takes a first look at Office for iPad

Microsoft has started offering an iPad edition of its Office software suite.
It was announced at the first launch event hosted by Satya Nadella since he became chief executive of the firm.
Three separate productivity apps are available - Word, Excel and Powerpoint - each of which has been optimised for touch-based controls.
Within hours of the launch, Word became the most downloaded application for iPads in Apple's app store.
The Excel and Powerpoint apps were the third and fourth most popular free app downloads, respectively, in the store.
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Protecting Your iPad

For the last two years I have been using the Drop Tech Case for iPad to protect my iPad in the field.  This is a very rugged case although, as I mentioned in my post, not waterproof.  I had got over this problem by using an Aquapac waterproof case but, although the combination worked, it was not an ideal solution.

I was therefore delighted to discover the Griffin Survivor Military-Duty Case which, as its name suggests, is manufactured to comply with the MIL-STD 810G testing protocols.

The case has been tested for a drop of 6 feet, and is proof against wind-driven rain, sand and dust.  In short, it should protect against the type of conditions that field archaeologists will encounter.

You can find a review of the Griffin Survivor case here...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

1,300 year-old mummy and her intimate tattoo

Wrapped in bandages and caricatured as figures of terror in Hollywood movies, Egypt’s mummies have long captivated and bewildered scientists and children alike.
Now a new exhibition at the British Museum will disclose the human side of the mummies of the Nile.
Eight have been – scientifically speaking – stripped bare revealing secrets taken to the grave thousands of years ago.
Subjecting the corpses to the most advanced scientific techniques, including sending the mummies to hospitals around London for CAT scans – the museum’s Egyptologists have been able to build up the most detailed picture yet of what lies beneath the sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped bodies.
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The digital unwrapping of the Egyptian priest Neswaiu

How visitors to Stockholm's Medelhavsmuseet can now digitally unwrap the mummy of an Egyptian priest

In the 19th century and even later, there was no shortage of people eager to watch the unwrapping of an Egyptian mummy.
In 1908 in Manchester, some 500 people gathered in a lecture theatre to see prominent Egyptologist Margaret Murray supervise the unwrapping of a body from the Tomb of the Two Brothers from Manchester Museum's mummy collection.
As Egyptology and archaeology evolved, the destructive practise came to an end, but it didn't mean researchers and the public were any less curious about what lies within a mummy.
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Vatican library plans to digitise 82,000 of its most valuable manuscripts

A 1,600-year-old manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil is among the collection being digitised by the Vatican Apostolic Library with the help of a Japanese IT firm

An illustration of the Dante's Divina Commedia realized by artist Sandro Botticelli in the XV century recently digitalised Photo: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana/Reuters

A rare Roman manuscript featuring the poems of Virgil dating back to 400AD is among thousands of historic items the Vatican’s library plans to publish online.
Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world’s most important research libraries, is hoping in the next four years to archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, comprising more than 41 million pages.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Win a Free App from our Friends at Touch Press

Win The Pyramids for iPad! 

We would like to offer you the exciting chance to win a free copy of the app The Pyramids from our friends at Touch Press

With this stunning and stimulating app, you can explore the incredible pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt. Fly around the plateau where the pyramids and the Sphinx are located at Giza near Cairo. Enter and wander around the labyrinthine tombs and passageways. Examine stunning wall paintings in incredible detail, rotate royal statues and spin 3D objects. Everything has been painstakingly recreated from ultra high-resolution digital imagery captured on location in Egypt by Sandro Vannini, the world’s greatest photographer of archaeological sites and antiquities.

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