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Quad copters, Hexa copters and ready to fly kits

Quad copters, Hexa copters and ready to fly kits | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
jDrones ArduCopter kits


Connect batteries and start enjoying your awesome new FPV Hobby. Fly on sky like a bird and see how it looks up there as you were on board. Fully assembled and tested FPV Quad that includes Pilot camera, OSD and Video


Ready to fly.   the FPV has a fitting for Go Pro as well. 

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On this day: Mungo Man fossil found

On this day: Mungo Man fossil found | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

ON FEBRUARY 26, 1974, a young geologist managed to stretch Australian history by 20,000-odd years when he found 40,000-year-old human remains buried in a dry lake bed in south-western New South Wales.

The discovery, made in the midst of the Aboriginal rights movement – which would quickly intergrate the findings into its slogans – would later double the time that Australia's first humans were thought to have arrived on the continent.

Jim Bowler, now in his 80s, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, was with the Australian National University when he came across the remains at Lake Mungo, about 700 km west of Sydney.

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Duryea dig site ransacked by vandals - News - Citizens' Voice

Duryea dig site ransacked by vandals - News - Citizens' Voice | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

"Whoever did this, did it with a vengeance - a meanness," he said of the damage to the site known as the Conrail Research Site. "This was not simply knocking things over. If there was a piece of wood, they snapped it in half. We made benches for people to sit on and they tore them apart. They tore down the tarp and cut holes through it again and again."

Since the early 1990s, the Duryea dig removed and cataloged hundreds of artifacts: knifes, points, cutting tools and pottery. The dig was done professionally. The site was gridded and protected from the elements by a 30-by-24 foot tarp weather port. Through they years, the site hosted hundreds of children teaching them about archeology, history and anthropology.

Recently, a point retrieved at the site was carbon dated to about 8,000 B.C. The earliest people are believed to have come to the region just 2,000 years prior to that, Pesotine said. At some point they settled at the location which offered them a water source, a place to fish and hunt game - either ducks on the river or deer on the banks, he said.

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Nasty nasty people

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Birch Folding Ruler - 2m

Birch Folding Ruler -  2m | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Birch Folding Ruler is a quality product used by archaeological surveyors, buildings archaeologists and architects.
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A little piece of beauty

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Browsing Spatio-Temporal Data With QGIS Time Manager Plugin

Browsing Spatio-Temporal Data With QGIS Time Manager Plugin | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
The aim of Time Manager plugin for QGIS is to provide comfortable browsing through temporal geodata. A dock widget provides a time slider and a configuration dialog for your layers to manage. Time ...
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Heavy Geek alert, with this timeslider Plugin for QGIS 

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MakerBot Replicator™ 2X Desktop 3D Printer

MakerBot Replicator™ 2X Desktop 3D Printer | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
The MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer is for brave explorers with the patience to deal with ABS plastic and dual extrusion. Want to live on the edge?
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it's what you want really!   print that artefact or pathaelogical osteological specimen  of a neanderthal...  

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RealSim Campus demo movie

A video showing the detail and functionality associated with RealSim Campus models. RealSim combine, 3d survey data, photography, graphic design and the late...

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5 Gold stars for RealSim!

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Did overhunting lead to domestication? : Past Horizons Archaeology

Did overhunting lead to domestication? : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

A new study on the populations of wild cattle and boars in the Levant Valley by Nimrod Marom, Guy Bar-OzLaboratory of Archaeozoology, University of Haifa, Israel has been published in PLOSone online Journal. The research helps reshape our present understanding on the beginning of agriculture and domestication of animals.

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Hack an IKEA Kitchen Timer for Cheap Panning Time-Lapse Photography - How-To Geek

Hack an IKEA Kitchen Timer for Cheap Panning Time-Lapse Photography - How-To Geek | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
The results from this clever hack have to be seen to be believed–and can be in this great video compilation. Read on to see how a $6 egg timer can become a fantastic panning time lapse engine.
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Absolutely superb!!!

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Archaeologists Toolkits and Toolrolls

Archaeologists Toolkits and Toolrolls | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Past Horizons Archaeology Tools offers the original Archaeologists toolrolls and kits.

 

Often copied, but never bettered.

 

There is a selection to choose from - ranging from the starter kit  to the professional roll and including the drawing tool roll!

 

 

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Ball Compass is perfect for quick direction finding and general use when degree accuracy is not required.

Ball Compass is perfect for quick direction finding and general use when degree accuracy is not required. | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Ball Compass can be used perfectly for archaeology photography and for general direction finding in archaeology

 

Liquid filled pin-on compass.

Pins on for hands free use with a rotating ball compass within showing the cardinal points on a luminous dial.

The Ball shaped compass works at any angle with a safety pin type attachment.

A fast north allows you to get the rough alignment of features on site or survey and aids direction when taking photographs.

Brilliant when taking photographs, just pin to your jacket and look down to see which way you are pointing the camera! At Past Horizons, we have been able to use this in some very awkward spaces where hands free direction finding was a real bonus.  

An outstanding compass at such a reasonable price, how can you not fail to love it!

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An outstanding compass at such a reasonable price, how can you not fail to love it!

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Jot Flip | JotPen

Jot Flip | JotPen | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The Jot is as precise as a pencil. The thin an clear disc gives you the precision you would expect from a digital pen.

 

If you are using tablets or other touch screen pads, then this is a must.    be precise.! 

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WE stopped using our fingers to paint when we were young...  so why do it now!  

This is brilliant!   I love mine

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radiocarbon WEB-info

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Radiocarbon dating is the technique upon which chronologies of the late Pleistocene and Holocene have been built.

 

This resource is designed to provide online information concerning the radiocarbon dating method and will be of occasional use to radiocarbon users and interested students alike.

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Coordinate batch converter file formats

Learn about the coordinate types accepted by the batch file converter.
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A useful tool when batch converting coords in the UK and abroad. 

Lat/Long.   OScoords and UTM  as well as Cartesian

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Archaeologist: Bones found in Turkey are probably those of Cleopatra's half-sister | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com

Archaeologist: Bones found in Turkey are probably those of Cleopatra's half-sister | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Long-buried bones and a missing monarch. Add some historical notoriety and modern technology and you have a heck of a captivating, science-driven story.
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Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say.

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I can think of plenty of things this could be used for - as long as you did not lose concentration!


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Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

Timeline JS - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use. | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.
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Another timeline system.  

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Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines

Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.
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Now this has real potential - I remember working with things like this when it was very very complicated and you had to have coding experience.   give this a go and see what you think?

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Free Relief Layers for Google Maps

Shaded relief mashup of the world for google maps
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What a superb tool!  

Make a map!

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BoneLab 2

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The only complete, interactive, 3-D model of human anatomy which is fully visualizable and manipulable. Improved learning, insight and accuracy.

 

BoneLab 2is a learning program for the anatomy of the human skeleton based on our standard skeleton model. It comes with an expandable collection of sectional, labeled 3D-views. Visual 3D-view management, a user specific dictionary and instant access to further online information make BoneLab 2 a most efficient aid for learning, studying and reference.

 

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50m BAHCO open reel tape

50m BAHCO open reel tape | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Bahco Open Reel Fibre Glass 50 Metre / 165 Feet Long Tape Measure

Metric/imperial

Strong fibreglass blade to withstand pulling force of near 500Kg.

Double nylon blade coating for extra wear resistance.

Don't buy cheap tapes buy BAHCO...

Past Horizons - The trusted supplier of Archaeology Trowels - Archaeology Equipment - Archaeology Tools

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If it is quality that matters, then you can't get much better than this.  
WHy buy cheap?  when this lasts longer, is dependable and accurate.! 

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ScARF

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The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) reflects the current state of knowledge regarding Scotland’s past. As understanding of the past changes, so too will ScARF. It should be seen as a live document that will be constantly updated, edited and improved. The people developing ScARF are the people who use it: those who research Scotland’s past for enjoyment, employment, or frequently both.

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This is the ultimate tool for research and investigation in Scottish Archaeology.  Years in the making - bringing together experts in every field and every period...  Look on and enjoy!

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Free access to all Cambridge Journals content from 2012 « CJO « Cambridge Journals Blog

Free access to all Cambridge Journals content from 2012 « CJO « Cambridge Journals Blog | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

From 22nd January – 5th March, all Cambridge Journals content published in 2012 will be available for free on CJO. 

All you have to do is register.

There’s a lot you can do in 6 weeks; it’s long enough to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy 88 times, and for Usain Bolt to win 37,878 100m sprints.

 

You could train to be a ski instructor, or take 117 trips to the moon on a NASA probe. Or, you could read the 100,000 articles that were published in Cambridge Journals in 2012…

 

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Amazing potential!

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Spear and Jackson Micro Shovel

Spear and Jackson Micro Shovel | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Small shovel for big works in confined spaces or if an easy to transport shovel is needed for work in archaeology
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Comfortable, D-shaped handle with rubberised grip .
Pressed carbon steel blade and fibreglass core handle.
Power rings provide stronger blade to handle connection.
Lipped blade for foot protection.

 Need a small tough shovel, then this is the quality tool for you. Dig that pit faster, excavate with ease.

A trusted brand known for providing the best tools for the price.

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Suit of armour found at Roman dig

Suit of armour found at Roman dig | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Archaeologists digging at a site in south Wales uncover an entire suit of Roman armour, along with some weapons.
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Not shiny! 

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