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All troweled out

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 27, 2016 |

We made it. Despite the 30 pus degree temperatures, we've managed to push on to the end of the week, and indeed the end of the season. It's been another good one, and I think we've had plenty of students go away wanting more. So what happened in the last part...

Don't be Afraid to Commit

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Wednesday July 27, 2016 |

Back in June, which seems a long time ago now, we ( OSGeo:UK ) ran a mini FOSS4G event at the Ordnance Survey offices in Southampton, UK. It was a big success, well attended, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is always nice. This is not a post...

What happened to our British summer?!?!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 19, 2016 |

We're currently labouring away under an absolutely clear blue sky. Not even the hint of a cloud to be sighted in any direction. And we are forecast to hit 32 degrees this afternoon... sun hats, sun cream, and plenty of water all round! A scorcher... ...

During Wind and Rain...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday July 13, 2016 |

Apologies to all who live in the vicinity, but it appears our prayers for rain have been answered! Having struggled and striven in the heat of the last few days which turned all our soils to a handful of grey hues, extremely difficult to differentiate,...

Heavy metal

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday July 08, 2016 |

As we come towards the end of week 2 and the time that the undergraduates have with us, some of the students have really started to impress us with the skills that they've picked up. It's great to listen to them discussing between themselves how best to tackle...

Getting our teeth into it

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Tuesday July 05, 2016 |

Our walk up the Wittenham Clumps was perfectly timed, with the best weather of the dig so far and a glorious sunset to compliment the breathtaking views of southern Oxfordshire. A lovely stroll, ending as has become traditional, with a pilgrimage to the site...

Week 2 begins

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Sunday July 03, 2016 |

Week 2 of excavation is starting off productively, and we’re all enjoying the sun (and the cows!) in the allotments today! Now that we’re fully underway, we’re back to our regular program of excavation combined with short lectures. Today was an introduction to...

And they're off

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday June 30, 2016 |

Apologies for the radio silence whilst we got ourselves going: it's been a busy week! The undergraduates arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Sunday to a trench with a rather terrifying amount of backfill still to remove. A number of deep, narrow...

Rain can't stop us!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 24, 2016 |

Despite some very iffy weather in the last week, we have managed to get the site all ready to start digging this weekend. Over a million kilograms of soil have been removed, the marquee has gone up, and toilets and tools have arrived. Now all we need are some...

Not long to go now!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday June 17, 2016 |

Digging starts in just over one week's time! We are all getting very excited as we make our final preparations, and can't wait to get our trowels into the ground. This does mean that registrations are now closed for this season's excavations. However, you...

PortableGIS 5.6

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Tuesday April 19, 2016 |

I’m pleased to announce the latest release of Portable GIS. This version (v5.6) has the following changes: QGIS 2.14.1 LTR By popular demand: Geoserver 2.8 You can download the setup exe and the md5 checksum here . Older versions are...

Out on the tiles...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Wednesday March 30, 2016 |

Whilst we wait impatiently to be able to get out into the field again, the Discovering Dorchester team hasn't been idle. Work has been continuing apace on our post-excavation jobs, with Sheila Raven and her volunteers putting our material archive in order, and...

The Discovering Dorchester 2016 Fieldschool Regist...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday January 28, 2016 |

Registrations are now open for all of our Discovering Dorchester 2016 fieldschools! The undergraduate fieldschool runs for two weeks from Sunday 26th June - Friday 8th July , whilst our two public fieldschools run from Sunday 10th July - Friday 15th July ...

Time flies like a...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Friday December 11, 2015 |

Terrifying fact: there are just 3 weeks until 2016. And that means we're now starting to put together the plans for next year's excavation season, and the 2016 Discovering Dorchester Field School! The 2016 season holds many exciting things in store for us....

AGI Foresight 2020

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Friday November 13, 2015 |

Over the summer I was asked to contribute a piece on what I thought the future of “Open Geospatial” would be in 2020, for the AGI (Association for Geographic Information) and their Foresight Study on the Geospatial Industry in 2020. This follows on...

Hacking with APIs

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Saturday October 10, 2015 |

Since Astun Technology has quite a geographically distributed workforce (OK, we are all in the UK, but still), we make the effort to get together every three months or so for meetings, merriment, and some geeky hacking. Our “hackastun” events are...


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