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17th Century Pictorial Map of Galway @ NUI Galway On-line

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How the Smithsonian is 3D-Scanning Its Entire Collection

How the Smithsonian is 3D-Scanning Its Entire Collection | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian's been a fan of 3D scanning and printing for some time, but now it's decided to use lasers to preserve its entire collection for future generations.
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17th Century Pictorial Map of Galway @ NUI Galway On-line

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World’s first LEGO museum is coming

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The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will also draw up a master plan for the Smithsonian museum and research complex
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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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The tablet that turns itself lumpy

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Micah Yairi from Tactus shows off their technology which makes a flat tablet screen morph into a keyboard with real, lumpy buttons, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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New 3D Model of Paris Offers Interesting Opportunities - Display Central

New 3D Model of Paris Offers Interesting Opportunities - Display Central | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
France-based Dassault Systemes has teamed up with local historians and archeologists to create a 3D model of Paris consisting of building that were instrumental in the development of the city.
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Blitz interactive map unveiled

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An interactive map showing the location of bombs dropped on London during World War II is created.
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Shellfish and plastic can save Viking ships

Shellfish and plastic can save Viking ships | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
Many of the 1,000-year-old Viking treasures are pretty fragile. New conservation techniques are being tested that include the use of prawn and crab shells.
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Early Neolithic Water Wells Reveal the World's Oldest Wood Architecture

Early Neolithic Water Wells Reveal the World's Oldest Wood Architecture | Clever stuff | Scoop.it

The European Neolithization ~6000−4000 BC represents a pivotal change in human history when farming spread and the mobile style of life of the hunter-foragers was superseded by the agrarian culture.

Permanent settlement structures and agricultural production systems required fundamental innovations in technology, subsistence, and resource utilization. Motivation, course, and timing of this transformation, however, remain debatable.

 

Here we present annually resolved and absolutely dated dendroarchaeological information from four wooden water wells of the early Neolithic period that were excavated in Eastern Germany. A total of 151 oak timbers preserved in a waterlogged environment were dated between 5469 and 5098 BC and reveal unexpectedly refined carpentry skills.

 

The recently discovered water wells enable for the first time a detailed insight into the earliest wood architecture and display the technological capabilities of humans ~7000 years ago. The timbered well constructions made of old oak trees feature an unopened tree-ring archive from which annually resolved and absolutely dated environmental data can be culled.

 

Our results question the principle of continuous evolutionary development in prehistoric technology, and contradict the common belief that metal was necessary for complex timber constructions. Early Neolithic craftsmanship now suggests that the first farmers were also the first carpenters.

 

Citation: Tegel W, Elburg R, Hakelberg D, Stäuble H, Büntgen U (2012) Early Neolithic Water Wells Reveal the World's Oldest Wood Architecture. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51374. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051374


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Important article from PLOSone regarding the ability of Neolithic societies could have sophisticated carpentry without metal tools

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This scoop is about how some wooden water wells that were excavated in Eastern Germany give insight on to what the earliest wood was used for the wells. 

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Real-time 3D archaeological field recording: ArchField, an open-source GIS system pioneered in southern Jordan

Real-time 3D archaeological field recording: ArchField, an open-source GIS system pioneered in southern Jordan | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
Building upon previous implementations of an on-site digital archaeology system for field recording (Levy & Smith 2007; Levy et al. 2010; Petrovic et al. 2011; Gidding et al. in press), a real-time 3D data recording interface called ArchField has been developed for a total reconstruction of architecture and recovered material culture (Figure 1). Since 1998, the methodological goal of our fieldwork has been to develop a streamlined fully integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) that would enable the production of digital top plans and at the end of the season publication-quality digital maps, charts and tables. By using GIS as the nexus for data storage and analysis, our research has played a major role in the application of digital/cyber-archaeology field methods to help answer historical, anthropological and archaeological questions. These goals have led to the innovation of a new on-site digital archaeology recording system for field recording and digital conservation called ArchField.
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Pictures: Svalbard Doomsday Seed Vault Safeguards Our Food Supply - National Geographic

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault off Norway is the Arctic repository of seeds for all the world’s crops.
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games-based-learning blog: Ten Reasons why Games Based Learning Works in Education | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds

games-based-learning blog: Ten Reasons why Games Based Learning Works in Education | Virtual University: Education in Virtual Worlds | Clever stuff | Scoop.it

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Santa Anatomy

Get Santa Anatomy on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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How ready is 3D for delivering museum services? | V&A

How ready is 3D for delivering museum services? | V&A | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
Reflections from people using 3D for real in museums. They are from two great pre-conference workshops at Museums and the Web 2013 in Portland.

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"As it stands right now there are a number of issues and service delivery challenges for managers looking to embed 3D features permanently into their museum services.  Useable 3D technology exists in one form or another now, that can do amazing things that can be used to build great services, but some care is needed to scope this work."

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The History Channel: The Ancient Alarm Clock

Throughout history we have invented really novel gadgets to help wake ourselves up in the morning. Adam Hart-Davies takes a look at a few of these investions...
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I still don't see how this could measure 8 or more hours. How big a container would that take???

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New technology for animation film experts: Movie heroes to be transferred to virtual worlds more easily, realistically

New technology for animation film experts: Movie heroes to be transferred to virtual worlds more easily, realistically | Clever stuff | Scoop.it
Hollywood devotes great effort to chasing monsters through realistic-looking environments. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken have now developed a technology that greatly simplifies the production of such scenes.

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John Oxley and Alan Morton's Archaeological Buzz-Word Generator // sweeting.org

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New 'leap' in computer interaction?

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Rory Cellan-Jones catches up with Avinash Dabir of Leap Motion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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3D-ICONS: Gallarus Oratory

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The Discovery Programme - Advancing Research in Irish Archaeology
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What Makes Educational Games Work?

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As the gaming in education continues to grow, one of the foremost experts in the field, Constance Steinkuehler, makes the case for why it's important to pay att
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Real-time 3D archaeological field recording: ArchField, an open-source GIS system pioneered in southern Jordan

Real-time 3D archaeological field recording: ArchField, an open-source GIS system pioneered in southern Jordan | Clever stuff | Scoop.it

Building upon previous implementations of an on-site digital archaeology system for field recording (Levy & Smith 2007; Levy et al. 2010; Petrovic et al. 2011; Gidding et al. in press), a real-time 3D data recording interface called ArchField has been developed for a total reconstruction of architecture and recovered material culture (Figure 1). Since 1998, the methodological goal of our fieldwork has been to develop a streamlined fully integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) that would enable the production of digital top plans and at the end of the season publication-quality digital maps, charts and tables. By using GIS as the nexus for data storage and analysis, our research has played a major role in the application of digital/cyber-archaeology field methods to help answer historical, anthropological and archaeological questions. These goals have led to the innovation of a new on-site digital archaeology recording system for field recording and digital conservation called ArchField.


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Sculpting in virtual reality: meet Leonar3Do (hands-on)

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Hungarian startup Leonar3Do (pronounced "Leonardo") today demoed its mind-boggling virtual reality software for PC and Mac that lets you manipulate 3D objects as if they were right in front of you....
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What to do with a degree in anthropology

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Anthropology graduates enter a variety of professions and their employability will no doubt increase as the world becomes ever more globalised...

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Roman glass informs radioactive future : Past Horizons Archaeology

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A Tour through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E.

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A project between Khan Academy and Rome Reborn – with Dr. Bernard Frischer  
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