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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...

Extending Portable GIS

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Wednesday September 09, 2015 |

I was asked recently how someone could add new libraries, python programmes etc to their copy of Portable GIS. It’s fairly simple, but here’s a quick guide. I’ll use ogr2osm as an example. ogr2osm is a tool for converting any...

Portable GIS 5.2

Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Thursday August 20, 2015 |

I’m pleased to announce the latest release of Portable GIS. This version (v5.2) has only a couple of changes: QGIS 2.8 (I’m going to try and do a release to coincide with each long-term release of QGIS) Loader has been updated to the latest...

And we're done!

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Saturday July 25, 2015 |

After a marathon four weeks,  with just one day off for the supervisors, the season is done. More than 70 students have been shown the archaeological ropes, tons of soil have been moved, thousands of pottery sherds unearthed, and we only had significant...

End of week 3, Open Day, and the beginning of Week...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Sunday July 19, 2015 |

Apologies for the radio silence - lots to catch up on, following a hectic week and weekend! It feels like a long time ago, but during the rest of last week our students continued to work very well. Some great finds have come to light, including two pairs of...

Week 3 underway

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday July 13, 2015 |

In stark contrast to the baking sun of the last two weeks, this week has begun rather damply. And we're not complaining! The showers and drizzle of the last two days have lowered the threat of sun burn considerably, cooled us, damped down the dust that has...

Week 3 underway

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Monday July 13, 2015 |

In stark contrast to the baking sun of the last two weeks, this week has begun rather damply. And we're not complaining! The showers and drizzle of the last two days have lowered the threat of sun burn considerably, cooled us, damped down the dust that has...

Week 2 drawing to a close...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 09, 2015 |

Only one day to go of the Undergraduate Fieldschool and week two has flown by. The students continue to learn about planning, sectioning, levels, photographs, and all things context recording. At the eastern end of the trench the sequence of Roman roads keeps...

Week 2 drawing to a close...

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Thursday July 09, 2015 |

Only one day to go of the Undergraduate Fieldschool and week two has flown by. The students continue to learn about planning, sectioning, levels, photographs, and all things context recording. At the eastern end of the trench the sequence of Roman roads keeps...

Week 1 done

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Saturday July 04, 2015 |

What a week. Including the hottest July day on record! The undergraduate and work experience students worked unbelievably hard, in very difficult conditions, to remove all the remaining backfill from the trench. When we arrived on Sunday it was a mess of soil...

Week 1 done

Discovering Dorchester through Archaeology Saturday July 04, 2015 |

What a week. Including the hottest July day on record! The undergraduate and work experience students worked unbelievably hard, in very difficult conditions, to remove all the remaining backfill from the trench. When we arrived on Sunday it was a mess of soil...


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