Chris interviews Michiel Kappers at the 2019 Society for California Archaeology meetings in Sacramento last March. Michiel runs InTerris Registries, a digital site management software with a lot of power. Learn more about it and how you can use it on your next project.
We talk about drones a lot on this show. And for the record, they're officially called UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems). What we don't often talk about is the nuts and bolts of actually using a UAV in the field.
Today we have a guest, Kyle Olson, who was on a team that used a DJI Mavic Pro to conduct aerial survey and mapping in central Asia. But, the article doesn't necessarily talk about the results of the survey. They instead talk about HOW they did the survey and what worked and what didn't. That's what we need more of.
So, take a listen and give us your feedback.
“Beginners Guide to Mesoscale-Survey with Quadrotor UAV Systems”
DOI - 10.1017/aap.2018.26
App of the Day
Many people are writing papers about "going digital" and the results from doing so. However, not too many are writing about the effects of going digital on a crew. For example, do people work better together or separately when recording artifacts with a tablet. On today's episode we talk to the authors of a paper about going digital on a project in Peru and how recording ceramics was changed by using tablets.
Mobilization as Mediation: Implementing a Tablet-Based Recording System for Ceramic Classification, Parker VanValkenburgh, Luiza O. G. Silva, Chiara Repetti-Ludlow, Jake Gardner, Jackson Crook, and Brian Ballsun-Stanton
Advances in Archaeological Practice 6(4), 2018, pp. 342-356
Data loss is one of the most terrifying things an archaeologist, or any scientist, fears. To have all that hard work, and sometimes un-replicable work, lost because of something that you could ultimately control is something we don't like to think about. But, we have to. Especially as archaeology goes more into the digital realm all field archaeologists have to think about how they are preserving and backing up their data not only in the field but at every step of the process. Paul and Chris talk about this problem and some possible solutions on today's episode.
- Tap Forms
- SanDisk WiFi Connect
- Time Machine
- Google Drive Filestream
App of the Day
- Chris: All Trails
- Paul: GuitarTuna
Today Chris and Paul discuss an article from the May 2018 issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice, a journal from the Society for American Archaeology. It's an article that summarizes the rest of this special journal issue that is all about the reuse of archived data. It's a real issue in archaeology and we dive in on this episode.