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This is an aggregated collection of entries from archaeology blogs. The list is comprised of blogs from:

  • Past Horizons - written by Maggie and David (BAJR)
  • BAJR - written by David (BAJR)
  • ArchaeoGeek - written by Jo Cook, Information Systems Coordinator, Oxford Archaeology
  • Online Archaeology - written by Steve White
  • Theoretical Structural Archaeology - written by Geoff Carter

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ArchaeoGeek
Portable GIS v4

Here’s a quick and overdue announcement to say that I’m making a new version of Portable GIS available today, including QGIS 2. Consider this one a beta release, since I really want to upgrade PostGIS and GDAL when I get time. Additional upgrades in this version: Astun Technology’s Loader has been upgraded to the latest version, and Psycopg2 is now included.

Before you click on the link, please take time to read the main Portable GIS page, and also do me the favour of reporting any problems that you find at the portable GIS google group, or via Twitter. If you can provide me with a screenshot of an error, and let me know the exact version of Windows that you’re using, then I’ll do my best to fix.

You can pick up the beta version here. This is a dropbox link, so if it’s not available, then I’ve exceeded my bandwidth for the moment, so please try again later.

I hope to get a release out fairly soon with PostGIS 2.1 and GDAL 1.10, but this is not my day job so bear with me!

01 Oct 2016
Theoretical Structural Archaeology
De-turfing The Wall at Greenhead
A Date for the Diary
On Wednesday, 26th October, at 6.30pm. I have been very kindly invited by Greenhead Local History Group to give talk on the Wall as described below.

PRESS RELEASE
The Greenhead Local History Group Public Lecture in October returns!
The subject this year will be those two “other” structures that form part of the package we know as “Hadrian’s Wall : the Vallum and the Turf Wall.  We know they existed, we know roughly where they were, and can recognise bits of them as we pass by,  but few of ushave really understood much about them, and visitors often fail to notice them at all.  So we do tend to airbrush both of them from our mental picture of “The Wall” and the facts are rarely questioned.
Geoff Carter, on the other hand, has looked closely - and he has come up with some interesting questions for us to consider.  

Geoff is a Structural Archaeologist, believing that just as knowledge of potting is necessary for understanding pottery, so understanding engineering is important for a archaeologists dealing with the archaeological remains of engineered environments … being able to think like potter or an engineer…"

“The Vallum is one of the largest earthworks in the world, part of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site, and yet is seldom discussed, perhaps because while its interpretation may work on paper, it makes less sense on the ground.
“It is an excellent example of how in archaeology, when we name something, it conditions the way we perceive it … 
The Vallum is one of the oldest concepts in the literature of Hadrian’s Wall, originating with the Venerable Bede in the eighth century, and while this structure is not a vallum in any way shape or form, all subsequent literature would appear to have developed from this idea.  In more recent times, it was apparent that the earthwork was not defensive, but it was nonetheless usually regarded as a boundary or barrier between the Wall and something else, with even the language used to describe the earthwork being shaped to accommodate this underlying assumption.
However, to understand the Vallum you have to look at it with the perspective of a structural archaeologist.  Luckily, I see it every day, so I know with a reasonable degree of  certainty that it is …. “

- So - come and find out what Geoff has discovered, both about the Vallum and about the  Turf Wall!   

The lecture,“Hadrian’s Wall: Understanding the Turf Wall and the Vallum”,  takes place in Greenhead Village Hall on Wednesday, 26th October, at 6.30pm

There will be a small charge to cover costs and an opportunity to chat over
refreshments afterwards about the Local History Group, its past activities and its possible future, as well as about what we have heard.

The Vallum; A Mysterious Earthwork?

"Along the whole line this mysterious earthwork keeps company with the Wall”
Edward Conybeare 1903

It seems some what demeaning to have one of the largest earthworks in the world on our patch  and have it still regarded as mysterious, more especially since it was built by the Roman army, not an organisation known their enigmatic constructions.   Hopefully, I will be able to debunk some of the existing myths, in particular, why such a comparatively narrow strip of land behind the Wall was so significant that it required a 120 foot wide boundary of unprecedented size and form to define it; either behaving irrationality is something they caught off the natives, or perhaps this monument deserves some better explanation....
30 Sep 2016
Past Horizons
British archaeologists fight with Italian farmer to save ancient aqueduct
In January father and son team Edward and Michael O’Neill discovered the headwaters of the aqueduct, which was built by the Emperor Trajan, hidden beneath a crumbling 13th century church north of Rome. A sophisticated example of Roman hydraulic engineering, the aqueduct, known as the Aqua Traiana, was inaugurated in 109AD and carried fresh water […]
06 Jun 2010
BAJR Blog
All change!
As you may have noticed, BAJR Blogging has remained unloved since December. This is because of the shiney new BAJR Federation site… http://www.bajrfed.co.uk get along there and enjoy…  with news, galleries and forum to keep you up to date and … Continue reading
09 Feb 2010
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