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A4 PORTRAIT WeatherWriter for Archaeology

A4 PORTRAIT WeatherWriter for Archaeology | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

A4 PORTRAIT WeatherWriter for Archaeologists is just perfect for archaeology work.

A4 record sheets.  +  A4 Weather writer. 

Perfect!

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Record cards starter pack

Record cards starter pack | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Record cards starter pack for archaeology field recording...

 

Made up of 25 x context sheets, 3 x photo lists, 2 x context lists, 2 x finds lists, 2 x drawing lists, 2 x sample lists

 

Printed in black & white on sturdy A4 card and comes packed in a free stud fastened poly pocket.  Pre-punched!

 

These record sheets are based on the standard cards used by most archaeologists.

 

We use these ourselves on our own excavations, where paper sheets can tear and be damaged by weather. This is the primary record and not worth risking on cheaper material.

The pack will start you off and you can add to it with additional packs.

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Yugoslavian Canvas Rucksack

Yugoslavian  Canvas Rucksack | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Yugoslavian Canvas Rucksack for carrying lightweight archaeological equipment...

 

This is a perfect small canvas rucksack/daysack with padded back and adjustable straps.

 

There are extra web straps for further load carrying.

Best of all is the three way combination carry option

1. Can be worn as a comfortable small rucksack
2. Can be worn as a one strap shoulder bag (unhook a strap, re attach to either side and extend the strap length.)
3. Can be used as a carry bag. (unhook a strap, re attach to either side and shorten the strap length.)

 

Great all rounder!


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Bull Gator Archaeology -- shaker screen Equipment!

Bull Gator Archaeology -- shaker screen  Equipment! | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Bull Gator models are handmade, satisfaction guaranteed, and competitively priced. With hands-on experience building and repairing equipment in the field, I've designed Bull Gator for easy field repair, which means no down time. You
can replace a screen in just 5 minutes!

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MoLAS archaeology Manual1994

The ultimate archaeology manual for recording in the field. 

from Planning to Photography  and samples to soil. 

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tDAR - Digital Archaeological Record

tDAR - Digital Archaeological Record | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). tDAR is an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, and scholarship. tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying.

 

Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS files, and other data resources from archaeological projects spanning the globe. For data sets, users also can use data integration tools in tDAR to simplify and illuminate comparative research.

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Digital Antiquity's comment, October 15, 2012 3:57 PM
Thanks for including us! We wanted to let your readers know that uploads to the tDAR archives for individuals are free through the end of 2012. Visit tdar.org today to explore our extensive archives and contribute your own archaeological resources.
David Connolly's comment, October 15, 2012 4:24 PM
Very happy to. We are strong advocate of teh pencil and the tablet... the digital record and the paper. Times are changing and this resource is a way forward for collaboration and archive potential.
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Drafting Film (Permatrace) A3 cut sheets (50 sheets)

Drafting Film (Permatrace) A3 cut sheets (50 sheets) | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Drafting Film or permatrace A3 sheets for archaeological drawing and recording...

Pre-cut A3 sheets of 75 micron Double-Matt Manual Drafting Film. Archival quality, and dimensionally stable. (50 sheets)

Perfect for field drawing and storage in lever arch files, Fits a 5m square at 1:20.

Also known as Permatrace.

This drafting film is waterproof.

(Care should always be taken when working in wet weather - to ensure you do not wipe over pencil drawings)

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Gridded Drafting Film (50 sheets)

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Gridded Drafting Film (50 sheets) for archaeological drawing and recording - blue grid...

 

The recognised standard in Archaeological Gridded Drafting Film Sheets :

 

320 x 290mm with 1, 5 and 10mm blue grid, which disappears when copied or scanned leaving only the drawing.

 

Archival quality, dimensionally stable and printed on 50micron drafting film.

 

At 1:20 this sheet covers a full 5m square with space for overlap Can be used for sections as well.

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Kneeling Mat

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Kneeling Mats - to keep you comfortable and safe on archaeological excavations...

Make kneeling comfortable

 

Perfect for sitework when you are not a fan of kneepads. small enough to fit in your tool bucket, but tough enough and large enough to make kneeling comfortable.

 

Never take your knees for granted! Always use some form of protection.

 

Simple idea...  but worth it!

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Enamel Mug

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Enamel mug perfect for archaeological site tea breaks...

Traditional White enamel mug
Holds a pint of your favourite site brew!

 

Perfect for camping and any outdoor activity - the white enamel can be written on with your name - so don't lose your mug!

 

Vitreous Enamel on Steel.
Resists stains and scratches
Double coated enamel for durability
Dishwasher safe

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Becoming Human

Becoming Human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution

Very useful teaching aid

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Mini Mattock

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Mini Mattock for excavation work in archaeology...

Mini mattock with fibreglass shaft and fitted with rubber grip.

 

The 280mm long carbon steel head weighs 500gms with a shaft which is 350mm long.

 

It has both a pointed pick axe and sharpened mattock blade.

 

This can be a very useful tool when working on hardened surfaces or confined spaces.

 

Very popular tool in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean archaeological excavations.

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Mini Triangular Scale Ruler

Mini Triangular Scale Ruler | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The perfect field scale ruler - small, tough and accurate.

Colour-coded mini aluminium triangular scale rule with divisions which are clear and accurate.

 

An essential piece of equipment for field draughtsmen and illustrators, whether in the field or in the drawing office.

 

 1:20 1:25 1:50 1:75 1:100 1:125

 

Made of silver anodized aluminium metal with black letters and black, green and red coloured slots.

 

This small scale rule is not only shorter than a standard ruler - it is also thinner, which makes it a really pocket sized.

 

Useful to scale off maps and plans for all archaeologists - and a true small item of desire

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Northlight Heritage | Resources

Northlight Heritage | Resources | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Northlight Heritage provides professional services to support clients, partners and stakeholders to achieve successful sustainable outcomes during development and in the preservation, conservation and enhancement of archaeology and the historic...

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who came along to our session on Open Source Software for Archaeology at the Scotlands Community Heritage Conference at Birnam.

 

What a fantastic weekend! For those of you who didn't make it or missed out on the pre-loaded data sticks, here's what we gave out. Please feel free to take our documents and use as you please - distribute, remix and share with others. Apologies for the jumbo file sizes - zipped folders are a rather inelegant solution - I shall endeavour to improve on this and add more content and advice notes over the coming weeks. Both PC's and Macs have built in Zip support so you should be able to open them by double clicking on the file once it's downloaded. Alternatively, you could use 7zip or Winzip's trial software for PC's or try Stuffit for Mac. Have fun!

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Archaeological Planning Frame

Archaeological Planning Frame | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Archaeological Planning Frame drawing and recording...

Handmade by Past Horizons

 

This planning frame has been created to a design that we have used for years and it has proven itself to be robust, lightweight and easy to store.

 

Comes complete with masons line and instructions for assembly and stringing the frame.

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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.

These folding rulers are made by HULTAFORS in Sweden from slow growing sustainable birch trees near the Arctic Circle.

 

This wood is very tough and considered the best material for a ruler.  you will be amazed at how light it is, but soon realise it is tough and strong too.

 

The oiled hinges are of Swedish steel with invisible rivets and the whole construction is remarkably durable.

 

If you value precision, quality and design this is the folding ruler for you.

 

Length 2m, 10 folds, metric graduation

 

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Delicate Brush - 1.5 inch

Delicate Brush - 1.5 inch | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Delicate finds brush useful for archaeological finds cleaning...
this is the softest bruch, and so is only suitable for the softest dry cleaning. 

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The Archaeologists Toolkit

The Archaeologists Toolkit | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The ultimate archaeology toolroll and toolkit, when only the best will do. The archaeology trowel is only the start.

Past Horizons was first with the Toolroll back in 2007 and is still leading the way with archaeologists Favourite Toolroll.

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Portable 3D Scanners for 3D Scanning | Handyscan 3D by Creaform

Portable 3D Scanners for 3D Scanning | Handyscan 3D by Creaform | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Handheld self-positioning portable 3D scanners that generate high accuracy data .

 

Handyscan 3D stand out as the most accurate portable 3D scanners on the market today.

 

Because we know that you are serious about your work, we have developed an extensive line of handheld 3D scanners that will work wherever you need them to. Our scanners feature the TRUaccuracy technology, that guarantees accuracy no matter the environment, part set-up or the user’s level of experience. Thousands of units later, our 3D laser scanners are living up to their reputation of reliability and versatility.

 

Serious work. Serious technology. Introducing the Handyscan 3D scanners.

 

 

Could see this used in Archaeology...   very useful!

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Sharpie Permanent Marker

Sharpie Permanent Marker | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Sharpie Permanent Marker...

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

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Aluminium Line Level

Aluminium Line Level | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it
Simple but an archaeological classic that says you care about your equipment. Throw away cheap plastic line levels and get professional.

 

use it only on short section lines though!  

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MeshLab

MeshLab | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes.


The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes.

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Micro - Digital Scales

Micro - Digital Scales | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

Micro - Digital Scales ranging up to 1kg in 0.1g increments - perfect archaeology tool...

Digital Scales for precision weighing of small finds, flotation samples, Carbon sample and ecofacts.

 

These are professional Digital scales, which can be used with accuracy to 0.1 gram. They have a maximum capacity of a huge 1000 grams (1 kg), this is far higher than cheaper alternatives.

 

These are the choice for the professional!

 

It features a clear blue backlit display allowing you to use the scales in low light.

 

It also features a robust plastic case and leather pouch. The plastic case is lipped so that you can use this for multiple or smaller objects that may roll of the steel platform by placing this on the scales first and using Tare function. In addition - you could even use a larger box (such as one of our Stewart Boxes) and fill from a flot sample - Just use the Tare sample to remove the weight of the box!

 

It takes just 2 x AAA batteries to power these.(Included). This saves having to find expensive replacement batteries or specific coin cell batteries, which you can never find when you need to! The platform is a large 7.3cm x 6.5cm, which should be more than adequate for most archaeological uses.

 

On Excavation - On a Field Project - In the Lab these scales are light, small and powerful.

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A3 Rapesco Masonite Clipboard

A3 Rapesco Masonite Clipboard | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

The large rigid A3 clipboard is just perfect for archaeology work. Whether it is for planning or having two record sheets side by side.

Strong and weather resistant hardwood with heavy-duty clip and hanging hole

 

Glazed front to provide a smooth writing surface in addition to being reasonably waterproof ( we leave the plastic cover on to protect against rain.

 

Made from recycled materials, this item of stationery not only looks great but is eco friendly too!

 

Perfect for use with A3 graph paper and A3 drafting film in conjunction with fold over clips.

 

Also useful when cross referencing - with two Record sheets clipped next to each other.

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ArchField

ArchField | Archaeology Tools | Scoop.it

ArchField is an open-source, real-time, 3D recording system developed as a solution to archaeologists' digital field recording needs.

 

Currently several flavors of the program exist, including the web-based version, compiled c++ versions for various operating systems, and an iOS x-code version. We are continually developing ArchField and testing it in the field at various archaeological sites.

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