A NEW METHODOLOGY FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION: MITIGATIVE EXCAVATION OF GBTO-13 AND GBTO-54,PRINCE RUPERT
Morley Eldridge, Millennia Research
The next ASBC Victoria public talk is by UVic’s own Morley Eldridge, who is also principal of well-known and well-respected archaeological consulting firm. Morley has been doing some exciting new methods of in-field digital recording, with application in Prince Rupert Harbour. It also seems there will be a show and tell of artifacts at this meeting. Further, I’ve been meaning to post on this and I will! Promise! But Morley et al are cutting in on my turf with a sweet new blog found here.
Anyway, I’ve seen some of this from Roger and Morley at the SAA in Hawaii and it was kick-ass.
The meeting is Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:30 pm at the Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 West Burnside Road. Map. Free and open to the public.
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Abstract: Millennia Research Limited developed a new method of archaeological excavation in 2012 and used it to excavate the totality of two archaeological sites in Prince Rupert. The methods amount to a new paradigm of archaeological field work, without excavation squares, or levels, or virtually any paper forms. The system uses real-world coordinates as the basic organizational principal for all data collection. A total station collects data precise coordinates in three dimensions; tablet computers record descriptive data, photographs, sketches, etc and send it to cloud computers; and bar codes connect the two data sets and replace bag labelling. No data transcription is needed afterwards. The end result is a huge increase in excavation speed and quality of data. The data is then manipulated in a database program and GIS software with 3-D capability. The results are, we think amazing, and the possibilities for analysis almost unlimited.
Members or mere citizens coming to the talk can get a taste of some of the fascinating artifacts and view 3D images of the data on Millennia’s Facebook page or directly on their web site, millennia-research.com/the-millennia-blog/
Morley Eldridge, MA, RPCA, is the president of Millennia Research, and has 44years of archaeological experience in BC