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OSGIS 2014

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Sunday September 14, 2014 |

Two weeks ago now saw the return of the OSGIS conference in Nottingham, after a year off in 2013 for FOSS4G. I think there had been mixed feelings about this event; those of us heavily involved in the organisation of FOSS4G 2013 had taken a back seat this...

All wrapped up for the summer

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Saturday August 16, 2014 |

Sorry for the radio silence... I think we've all just been recovering, and trying to fit back into regular life! Adjusting back to living between four walls and under a roof has certainly been a challenge. The week after the dig finished, Wendy and I,...

All's well that ends well...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday July 25, 2014 |

Today was the last day of Dorchester 2014. We all spent the day finishing the odds and ends for recording features, drawing plans, and packing up the finds. Our students had a final lecture from Paul Booth on the Roman coins of Dorchester and the wider...

It's the final countdown!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 24, 2014 |

Thursday is done and we have just one day left. The race is on to finish off all the digging that we need to, and get everything recorded before closing the trench at the start of next week. Today we had another scorcher, with all the students working very...

Down bottom of t' well

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 23, 2014 |

Today was another scorcher, with glorious sun over the Wittenham Clumps and the Dorchester Allotments. Our students were taught a range of skills, including the importance of context sheets and how to fill them in, and section and plan drawing. Just after...

Week 4

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 22, 2014 |

Sorry all for the radio silence - we've just been too busy digging! Week 4 has got underway with some very warm, and very humid weather. Today we may have been melting a little... But soil continues to be moved at a good pace, as we take the layers of the...

Week 3 finished, Open Day tomorrow!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday July 18, 2014 |

In stunning sunshine we finished week 3 today! With temperatures reportedly reaching 28 degrees in the shade, our intrepid diggers dug on. Roads have been planned, ditches have been dug, and the well continues to get deeper! Most of our fieldschool...

What's down the well?

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 15, 2014 |

Today we made great progress on site, as we planned several segments of the Roman road and its immediate environs, as well as the series of interventions we have been digging across the later Roman ditches in the north of the trench. We have also been...

Week 3 begins...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday July 14, 2014 |

With the end of week 2, so too did the undergraduate fieldschool come to a close. We had a great two weeks with some fantastic students, and some very exciting finds. As mentioned before, there was the stunning bird-topped copper alloy hair pin, found by Jen: ...

Well well...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 08, 2014 |

Today we augered our supposed well, to see if it actually is... a well. And it turns out the Roman cut does indeed go down a long way! After much huffing and puffing, at about 2 and a half metres down we hit both the natural Oxford Clay and the water table....


Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Saturday July 05, 2014 |

Week One is complete and the students from Oxford, Nottingham, and Harvard are excelling. On Thursday their hard work was rewarded with a guided tour up the Wittenham Clumps by our very own Doc Morrison. The stunning sunset was well worth the hike! Work...

So it begins...Dorchester 2014

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 01, 2014 |

Day Three and we have triumphed over the back fill. The sections have been cut and the lines have assembled... time to excavate some archaeology!

Digging commences!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 27, 2014 |

We've started taking the backfill out in preparation for Sunday's start. Assistant Director Ed and I arrived to find a field full of vegetation!  But a few hours with the machines had the field looking more like an archaeological excavation. The good...

Not quite Dorchester

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday May 12, 2014 |

At the end of last month several of the Dorchester team decided they had had enough of the English winter, and so opted to swap rain coats for sun hats, packed up their trowels, and flew off to spend four weeks excavating in Southern India! The temperature...

Not quite Dorchester

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday May 12, 2014 |

At the end of last month several of the Dorchester team decided they had had enough of the English winter, and so opted to swap rain coats for sun hats, packed up their trowels, and flew off to spend four weeks excavating in Southern India! The temperature...

Not quite Dorchester

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday May 12, 2014 |

At the end of last month several of the Dorchester team decided they had had enough of the English winter, and so opted to swap rain coats for sun hats, packed up their trowels, and flew off to spend four weeks excavating in Southern India! The temperature...

Not quite Dorchester

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday May 12, 2014 |

At the end of last month several of the Dorchester team decided they had had enough of the English winter, and so opted to swap rain coats for sun hats, packed up their trowels, and flew off to spend four weeks excavating in Southern India! The temperature...

Not quite Dorchester

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday May 12, 2014 |

At the end of last month several of the Dorchester team decided they had had enough of the English winter, and so opted to swap rain coats for sun hats, packed up their trowels, and flew off to spend four weeks excavating in Southern India! The temperature...

Portable GIS Update

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Wednesday April 23, 2014 |

It’s taken slightly longer than I’d like, but I’ve updated Portable GIS to include QGIS 2.2. You can find a copy of this new version on the portable gis page . I’ve included a zip file of the qgis2 folder for those that don’t...

Complexity vs Quality

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Sunday April 13, 2014 |

Recently I had need to evaluate a Proprietary Desktop GIS (PDG for short) to document the procedure for doing a Thing for a client. To avoid any mud-slinging and name calling , I’m naming neither the PDG or the Thing, I’ll just say that the Thing...

Just a quick update

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday March 26, 2014 |

Week A of the public field school (13th - 18th July) is now full, so I'm sorry to say we can't accept any more registrations for that week. There is still some space in Week B though (20th - 25th July), so get in quick if you would like to join us! Email...

Just a quick update

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday March 26, 2014 |

Week A of the public field school (13th - 18th July) is now full, so I'm sorry to say we can't accept any more registrations for that week. There is still some space in Week B though (20th - 25th July), so get in quick if you would like to join us! Email...

Just a quick update

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday March 26, 2014 |

Week A of the public field school (13th - 18th July) is now full, so I'm sorry to say we can't accept any more registrations for that week. There is still some space in Week B though (20th - 25th July), so get in quick if you would like to join us! Email...

Just a quick update

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday March 26, 2014 |

Week A of the public field school (13th - 18th July) is now full, so I'm sorry to say we can't accept any more registrations for that week. There is still some space in Week B though (20th - 25th July), so get in quick if you would like to join us! Email...


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