Well, it has been a busy few weeks! I am busy beavering away in the Digital Design Studio, archiving all the results to go on the Archaeology Data Service early next year. Occasionally, I am distracted by the 3D printer!
And, only yesterday Alex Hale (ACCORD co-investigator based at RCAHMS) and I returned from TAG, short for the ‘Theoretical Archaeology Group’, conference held in Manchester 15th -17th December. ACCORD had not just one paper, but two! This is a very popular conference, founded back in 1979, attracting people from all over the world to hear the latest developments in theory & practice in archaeology.
First of all, in the session ‘OK:Computer, Digital Public Archaeologies in Practice’ (the organiser a fan of Radiohead perchance?), I introduced our work made together with communities collaborating in ACCORD. In particular, I showcased how the techniques of photogrammetry and RTI can be used for a range of different community heritage projects in a variety of different places and contexts. People who spoke to me after were excited with the results we have achieved together & in general the technical accessibility of the technologies. However other issues of barriers to access (wifi/ broadband access in remote areas, the quality of results achieved on free versus pay-for software, and the language of experts) were raised in the discussion. We would be keen to hear more on this from you! Do you feel confident in using these technologies for recording, promoting or communicating your heritage? Please add comments to this post by clicking on the speech bubble.
Secondly, Alex Hale presented ACCORD’s collaboration with the Dumbarton Rock-climbers in the ‘Archaeology of Sport: Theory, Method & Practice’ session. Our presentation, co-written with John Watson and John Hutchinson, who are both regular climbers at Dumbarton and active participants on this project, is below as a video. We also played this short vid, which really encapsulates the materiality of Dumby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Y-Amigci0
This session was really successful at bringing to attention the value of contemporary sport heritage and how it can add new perspectives to archaeological interpretation. For example, as contemporary expressions of community, identity and tradition. And, now my boyfriend may even be able to tempt me to a football match!
For more information on the sessions please follow this link: http://www.tag-manchester.org/?page_id=113
And check out the live tweets using the hashtags #sportarch #TAG2014
And for more info on Dumby, check out the blog posts at http://stonecountry.blogspot.com/2014/12/invisible-archaeology-dumbarton-rock.html
Mhairi Maxwell (ACCORD RA) 18th December 2014