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Mobile Computing

The link below leads to Nick Ryan's pioneering work in collaboration with the ACRG on mobile computing at the University of Kent at Canterbury. In recent years we have built on this track record to evaluate the current range of tools including ipads, AR devices, mobile phone applications and wearable technologies. Continue reading →

Later Prehistoric Pottery Collections Register and Bibliography

These pages describe a Gazetteer of later prehistoric pottery collections in England derived from a survey carried out for English Heritage on behalf of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group. The Gazetteer is a tremendous new resource for investigation of not only later prehistoric pottery but also the later prehistory of England. It includes over 7,100 Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age collections, more than 2,000 of which include full publication details. Continue reading →

Inherent Visibility Indices for Archaeological Landscapes

Most of the interpretations included in these studies are based on skilful but often limited experience of the investigator during fieldwork. He or she simply cannot move through all possible paths or easily compare views from different locations. Many of the observations are aimed at establishing the significance of monument settings particularly in relation to their visual properties (ie whether they dominate the landscape, can be seen from many locations). Continue reading →

HMS Victory Computer Modelling Project

Below are descriptions of a few initial animations (see 'Links' for the animations themselves). Special thanks to MSc students Katherine Robbins, Ioanna Giannakopoulou, Matt Jones, Hembo Pagi and Henriette Roued Olsen who produced the CAD models upon which the following animations by Gareth Beale are based. Chain pump The chain pump, reproduced by Ioanna Giannakopoulou, ensured that the Victory did not take on too much sea water. Continue reading →

Divine Restoration

Holy Rood was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1940, and years of exposure to the elements have left the surviving masonry in a poor state. A substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped fund the consolidation and renovation of the church, and also the new exhibition. The church is a War Memorial and thus the work also forms a part of VE Day commemoration. Continue reading →

Adulis – a Port on the Red Sea, Eritrea

The port is connected to Aksum in Ethiopia by a tortuous mountain route to Qohaito, thence across the plateau to the city itself. However it is also a major port of the Periplus of the Erithraean Sea, a sailors' hand-book of the first century AD. Not only did it offer a good harbour on the route to India, but it was a source for luxuries such as ivory, tortoiseshell and rhinoceros horn. Continue reading →

Urban Connectivity

The project has the following five research questions, based on data gathered in the field and through archival research between 2002 and 2008: How significant were geographical considerations in the location of towns in southern Spain between the 5th century BC and the 2nd century AD ? How significant were inter-urban relationships over the same period ? How were they manifested ? What was the impact of Rome on these relationships? What kind of methodologies can be developed for... Continue reading →


A 2000-year-old painted Roman statue is being digitally restored to her original glory by scientists from the University of Southampton, the University of Warwick, and the Herculaneum Conservation Project. The head of the statue was discovered in the ancient ruins of Herculaneum in 2006, a town preserved in the same eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried nearby Pompeii in AD 79, during works by the Herculaneum Conservation Project in the area of the Roman Basilica. Continue reading →

Polynomial Texture Mapping

The resulting series of images is used to produce a single PTM file via the HP Labs PTM fitter software. The PTM viewer enables a virtual light source to be moved across the virtual scene. The viewer can also vary lighting intensity, add additional virtual lights, derive surface models and to carry out image processing tasks such as edge detection.The ACRG PTM capture rig enables very fast acquisition of PTM data, with variable sample sizes. Continue reading →