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sketchmap.co.uk - sketch and share maps

Use sketchmap to create, share, customise, annotate and PDF your own maps. No need to register or download any software.

 

The site contains UK heritage map layers of listed buildings, scheduled monuments, world heritage and battlefields. These maps can be annotated and shared via links or printed to PDF.

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18th-century 'Aristotle' sex manual to be auctioned next week - Telegraph

18th-century 'Aristotle' sex manual to be auctioned next week - Telegraph | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
A once-banned book on sex and pregnancy from the 18th century is expected to fetch up to £400 when it goes on sale in Edinburgh next week.

 

Aristotle’s Complete Master-Piece is a manual which is thought to have provided information for amateur midwives and young married couples about pregnancy and sex. It is up sale at Edinburgh auction house, Lyon & Turnbull on 9 January, where it is expected to reach up to £400.

 

Despite its title, the manual has little to do with Greek philosophy according to Lyon & Turnbull’s book specialist Cathy Marsden.

 

Instead, the anonymous author of the Master-Piece offers dubious 17th century advice - it was first published in 1684, cobbled together from the works of Nicholas Culpepper, Albertus Magnus and, Marsden says, “a good dose of old wife’s tale”.

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dubious 17th century adviceon sex...  what could possibly go wrong??


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QGIS Tutorial for Archaeologists

This video tutorial has been designed for those students undertaking the Diploma in Archaeological Studies at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol but works well for anyone wanting a basic structured grounding in QGIS.
by Paul Driscoll

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The Wonders of Ancient Civilizations | Lesson Planet

The Wonders of Ancient Civilizations | Lesson Planet | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The study of ancient civilizations is captivating and fascinating and can enrich any curriculum. Instilling an understanding of our human past is important because ancient civilizations have helped shape our who we are today.  Begin your investigation by considering this question:

What characteristics must a group of people exhibit in order to be considered civilized?

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Bring excitement and interest to your social studies class with a unit on ancient civilizations.

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Bamboo fine pick set

Bamboo fine pick set | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

 

 

A set of 11 bamboo fine picks, 130mm in length and containing the following diameters.
2mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 2.75mm, 3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm

Fitting nicely into the hand, these flexible but strong fine picks are perfect for delicate excavation.

They fit comfortably into the Derwent pencil role, the small tool roll and the zippered nylon case.

Remember that care should be taken when tackling softer artefacts, and mechanical cleaning of many artefacts should be carried out by trained conservators.

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

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The Archaeologists bamboo fine pick set for delicate work on excavations and artefacts.

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A simple aid for pottery drawing

A simple aid for pottery drawing | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
While new technologies increasingly provide more sophisticated methods of measuring and illustrating artefacts there is still no adequate replacement for traditional pottery drawings. The visual documentation of shape and form retains a key place in publication and comparative research. Individual illustrators use a variety of tools and techniques to mark out the profiles of pottery — often combining the skills of a contortionist and a juggler to simultaneously manage set-square, ruler, pencil and the vessel itself. In this brief note we describe a simple, effective tool which has proved fast, efficient and accurate in preparing outline pencil drawings of large assemblages of medium-sized vessels and ground-stone tools, with a considerable saving of time and effort (
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Brilliant

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TimeMaps

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The TimeMap of World History combines history maps, timelines, and written historical narrative to create a complete guide to world history - visit anywhere!

 

Easy to use...simple to understand the vast breadth of human history across the globe.  map based, text windows and more.  

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Sharpie Permanent Marker

Sharpie Permanent Marker | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Sharpie Permanent Marker...

 

Fine tip permanent marker, indespensible in the field for writing on labels, finds bags and sample boxes.

 

Most archaeologists around the world swear by these, for their permenance and reliability.

 

I agree!  I am never without a Sharpie in my pocket.  

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Canterbury Archaeological Trust – Why history is a load of rubbish: All about stratigraphy (and useful rubbish)

Canterbury Archaeological Trust – Why history is a load of rubbish: All about stratigraphy (and useful rubbish) | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Canterbury Archaeological Trust: Largest professional unit working in Kent archaeology.

 

A lot of what archaeologists find is old rubbish but it is important because it is evidence of what people have done in the past.

Archaeologists look for things people have used and then thrown away or lost. They look for buildings people lived and worked in before they fell into ruins or were knocked down to build new ones.

useful for teaching at school.  

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Photosynth - Capture your world in 3D.

Photosynth - Capture your world in 3D. | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Capture places, share them with your friends, publish them to Bing...

 

Capture your world in 3D

 

Shoot wraparound panoramas or full synths,

Gear up by checking out some of the best:

BridgesTowersCollectionsMuseumsNational ParksMarketsInsectsForestsArchaeologyAerial ViewsBeaches

 

Or dive into some of the 300,000+ panoramas and synths on Bing Maps.

point clouds can be used in many ways

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A2 Drawing Board

A2 Drawing Board | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
A2 Drawing Board for archaeological drawing and recording...

 

Sturdy but light-weight A2 drawing boards made by ourselves at Past Horizons according to a tried and tested method.

Made of exterior hardboard and covered with graph paper which is sealed by polythene film. Edged with 2 layers of black gaffer tape, to ensure a water resistant seal.

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GoPro Official Website: The World's Most Versatile Camera

GoPro Official Website: The World's Most Versatile Camera | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

One super cool camera.

used by professional archaeological photographers like Adam Stanford. 

HD quality

amazing!

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Pyramids 3D at Tap! The iPhone and iPad magazine

Pyramids 3D at Tap! The iPhone and iPad magazine | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Pyramids 3D app lets you fly across the Giza plateau with 360° views of The Great Pyramid, The Sphinx and the rest of the ancient complex. It gives aspiring explorers and armchair travellers an equally fulfilling way to sample one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But it’s once you enter the tombs that the app really comes into its own.

 

Every inch of the network of passages has been rendered from real photographs; even the tunnels closed to real visitors are included. There’s a small HUD and flashlight indicator to show your direction of travel. Scroll around with one finger and tap to move forward down the passages. You begin to feel like a real explorer, but the somewhat creepy soundtrack is a little off putting. These are peaceful places where the pharaohs ascended to the gods, after all, not scenes from The Mummy!

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Foldback Clips 41mm (box of 12)

Foldback Clips 41mm (box of 12) | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Foldback Clips have many uses on an archaeological site

 

Indispensable general purpose tool when out in the field.

You will find more uses for them than we could mention. The strong spring is ideal for securing survey tapes for example.

Sold in boxes of 12

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one of these overlooked items.   but with so many uses, you would be lost without it.! 

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ScienceDirect.com - Journal of Human Evolution - New wrist bones of Homo floresiensis from Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia)

ScienceDirect.com - Journal of Human Evolution - New wrist bones of Homo floresiensis from Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia) | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The carpals from the Homo floresiensis type specimen (LB1) lack features that compose the shared, derived complex of the radial side of the wrist in Neandertals and modern humans. This paper comprises a description and three-dimensional morphometric analysis of new carpals from at least one other individual at Liang Bua attributed to H. floresiensis: a right capitate and two hamates.

 

The new capitate is smaller than that of LB1 but is nearly identical in morphology. As with capitates from extant apes, species of Australopithecus, and LB1, the newly described capitate displays a deeply-excavated nonarticular area along its radial aspect, a scaphoid facet that extends into a J-hook articulation on the neck, and a more radially-oriented second metacarpal facet; it also lacks an enlarged palmarly-positioned trapezoid facet.

 

Because there is no accommodation for the derived, palmarly blocky trapezoid that characterizes Homo sapiens and Neandertals, this individual most likely had a plesiomorphically wedge-shaped trapezoid (like LB1). Morphometric analyses confirm the close similarity of the new capitate and that of LB1, and are consistent with previous findings of an overall primitive articular geometry. In general, hamate morphology is more conserved across hominins, and the H. floresiensis specimens fall at the far edge of the range of variation for H. sapiens in a number of metrics. However, the hamate of H. floresiensis is exceptionally small and exhibits a relatively long, stout hamulus lacking the oval-shaped cross-section characteristic of human and Neandertal hamuli (variably present in australopiths).

 

Documentation of a second individual with primitive carpal anatomy from Liang Bua, along with further analysis of trapezoid scaling relative to the capitate in LB1, refutes claims that the wrist of the type specimen represents a modern human with pathology. In total, the carpal anatomy of H. floresiensis supports the hypothesis that the lineage leading to the evolution of this species originated prior to the cladogenetic event that gave rise to modern humans and Neandertals.

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Jot Flip Stylus and Pen Combo for iPad and Touch Screens

Jot Flip Stylus and Pen Combo for iPad and Touch Screens | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
A precision stylus and pen in one: The best of both worlds.
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One that I am just buying now.   To use with tablet and phone. 
Precision of a pen - as a stylus! 

this also has a pen!   Bonus!

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Penmap for Archaeology

Penmap for Archaeology | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Penmap is the complete pen computer system for Archaeological Survey and Site Recording.
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My all time favourite survey software.  been using it since before it was commercially available.   and in the past 2 decades have not found anything to match it! 

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UNE - AIA - Camera Bucket

UNE - AIA - Camera Bucket | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
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THis is a step up from my Camera Funnel !

 

Part of the AIA methodology combines geochemical with typological data. While contextual and other information is recorded for each sherd a high quality photographic record is also required. To cope with the large volume of sherds processed during a field season we have developed a routine means of achieving publication quality images without complicated lighting or rigs. The AIA camera bucket, constructed from two 15 litre clear plastic buckets, is readily purchased from local suppliers. When assembled it provides an even, indirect source of natural light for digital artefact photography in virtually any environment (yep, even in the bowels of all but the darkest of storerooms!). A neat and easily reproducable approach to small finds photography that is also easy to transport or replace, the Camera Bucket has proven invaluable to our field recording work. We provide construction details below.

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Kite Aerial Photography: Links. Archaeological and other uses of kites

Kite Aerial Photography: Links. Archaeological and other uses of kites | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
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Cheap, safe and very very exciting-  used by young and old with spectacular results.  

read on!

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Digital Caliper Set

Digital Caliper Set | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Inside and outside digital calipers for archaeological illustrators and finds specialists...

 

The outside callipers have a span in excess of 239 mm and the inside callipers in excess of 257 mm, with what we are assured an accuracy of 0.01mm. The moulded knife shaped handles are ribbed for grip and the callipers manipulated by the use of a finger trigger.

Brilliant when taking a reading and then just click hold... no more remembering a measurement or losing it when you pull the caliper out of a pot. you can even just read it straight off the digital lcd panel.

If you are serious about what you do. This will save time and make recording easier. We are proud to bring this revolution to you!

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GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

this is a photoshop powerful software but free to use.   lots of plugins and support.  

If you can't afford Photoshop...  then this is definately the next best thing.  

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Past Horizons A2 and A3 drawing board

Sturdy but light-weight A3 and A2 drawing boards made by ourselves at Past Horizons according to a tried and tested method. ( been making these for nearly 30 years...

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Home | Osteoware

Home | Osteoware | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Osteoware is a Free Tool for Researchers

Osteoware is an easy to learn software program designed to assist in the documentation of human skeletal remains. It provides for the real-time data entry of quantitative and qualitative observations into a structured query language (SQL) relational database. When the database is established on a networked server up to five individuals may enter data at the same time, though not on the same record.

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eTrex® 30 | Garmin -

eTrex® 30 | Garmin - | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

eTrex 30 takes one of the most popular and reliable GPS handhelds and makes it better. Enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and expanded mapping capabilities makes eTrex more versatile and user-friendly, while maintaining its toughness and durability.

 

With its microSD™ card slot and 1.7 GB of internal memory, eTrex 30 lets you load our range of Ordnance Survey maps such as Garmin GB Discoverer™ and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). eTrex 30 also supports BirdsEye™ Select map download service that lets you download premium raster maps to your device and integrate them with your existing maps.

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AR.Drone 2.0. Parrot new wi-fi quadricopter- AR.Drone.com - HD Camera - Parrot

AR.Drone.com - Parrot Wi-Fi quadricopter.

An affordable AR Drone...  option for archaeology?  

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