For those who prefer to see it on youtube, I just uploaded it on our channel:
Like for last post, I report here below a short abstract, describing shortly each slide of the presentation:
Title and overview
Compiling the archaeological recording sheet is one of the most time-expensive operation during an archaeological project both doing it manually...
... or using a database.
Considering the Italian standards (ICCD, "Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione"), often new archaeologists have difficulties in describing the composition of the archaeological layer.
SLIDE 5 and 6
SLIDE 7 and 8
No particular difficulties are detected in describing the artificial elements.
SLIDE 9 and 10
A little bit more complicated is considered to describe the organic and oranogenic elements.
SLIDE 11 and 12
The most difficult field is considered the geological one.
Geological materials are splitted into two categories: skeleton and fine earth
SLIDE 14 and 15
The skeleton is normally simpler to identify (both in the field and in the lab).
SLIDE 16 and 17
The fine earth is maybe the most complicated archaeological element to identify on the field, while specialist (geoarchaeologists) need to use specific equipement in the lab.
Fine earth definition on the field is foten carried on with anametric and sobjective methodology.
Like feel, ball and ribbon test
The sedimentation test gives more objective results with a minimum metric value.
Arc-Team used validated the use of sedimentation test also in emergency excavation (which have a stricter time-table respect other archaeological projects)
Thank to +Mattia Segata (Arc-Team's geoarchaeologist at ATLAB), the basic methodology has been improved considering the Strokes' Law.
+Giuseppe Naponiello (Arc-Team DataBase and WebGIS expert) improved a PostreSQL dabatase, developed on the Italian archaeological recording sheet. The Database is able to integrate the data coming from the sedimentation test.
Future integration are planned for basic analytical chemistry analyses on the field.
And for more specific laboratory analyses (e.g. Energy Disperive X-ray Spectrometry).
The DataBase can be easily integrated into a WebGIS
The slides is just a demonstration of the software (the code is taken from a prototype).
The slide is just an example of one of the videotutorial Arc-Team is producing to explain the sedimentation test and the use of geTTexture.
geTTexture will be one of the open source application for archaeology which Arc-Team is developing and that will compose the suite Arc-Tool.
Another extension of geTTexture Arc-Team is working on is related with colorimetry. The idea is to integrate a tool to record anametric analyses
or metric data coming from Open Hardware devices (e.g. Public Lab spectrometer)
Thak you for your attention
Have a nice day!