Category Inspiration

NEoN at the Abandon Normal Devices Festival

Baxter and I are gearing up to make the long drive down to the Castleton in the Peak District for the start of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival which promises to be rife with “vertical adventures, a roaming biennial of digital culture, new cinema & art.” Sounds intriguing right? We’re excited. We’ll be talking […]

TIPC@Work: A Trip to Leiden

Last week I made the journey over to the Netherlands to participate in a two day workshop organised by the VALUE research group who are based at the University of Leiden, just outside Amsterdam. TIPC@Work refers to The Interactive Pasts Conference which was held last year but with a more practical focus this time – […]

Some Thoughts on Gaming and Interaction in Archaeology

A week or so ago I travelled down from Dundee to York to do some structured light scanning of an artefact for a heritage company and while I was there I took the opportunity to catch up with the brilliant Tara Copplestone. If you’re up on your blogging archaeologists you may already know Tara as the ‘Gamingarchaeo’ […]

Searching for Somethings: A Return to the Lake District

For some time now I’ve been itching to get my head back into my own research, but between working in the 3DVisLab most of the week and freelance on client-led projects the rest it can be tricky finding the space to think in depth about anything other than the task in hand. To be fair, that ‘task in […]

Grand Challenges for Digital Archaeology

As part of the Blogging Archaeology Carnival run by Doug Rocks-Macqueen over at Doug’s Archaeology I’ve been invited to write a wee blog post addressing the theme of “Grand Challenges” for archaeology. As luck would have it I wrote a paper last year addressing the same topic in the context of challenging digital archaeology, so I […]

Three Days at Petra

First off, a disclaimer that this post isn’t particularly research focussed so if you’re allergic to fun turn away now…still with me? Ok. Last week I returned from a fantastic adventure to the Middle East where I visited one of the ‘New Seven Wonders’ of the world – the ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan. […]

Stonework

Originally posted on Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper:
Here’s a lovely thing. It’s a poem about an ancient place, by Mark Edmonds and Rose Ferraby – or as Mark describes it, “words by me, images by the two of us” – in the form of an illustrated book. It’s mostly the story of the making of…

Mesolithic Man: A Weekend Spent Eyebrow-Wrangling

For a little while now every so often I’ll take an afternoon or (if I really get into the zone) a weekend to spend some time working on small projects I’ve set for myself to practice and improve my skills in particular areas of my CGI work. Often when I’m working on reconstruction projects I […]

Thinking About Ice Age Art at the British Museum.

*Spoiler alert: for anyone who has yet to see the exhibition and doesn’t want to have too much revealed before they go read with caution!* This week I’ve been hard at work finishing off one of my thesis chapters where I spend a little time discussing the significance of art and archaeology. Consequently, I found myself […]

Archaeological Visualisation and Storytelling

I’ve mentioned Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank’s 2010 graphic novel Mezolith in previous blog posts, but I returned to it again today while referencing the book in a section of my thesis (which is slowly coming together into something of a coherent argument!). I loved comics and graphic novels as a teenager (see my own attempt at […]