[13 Jun 2010 | One Comment | 3,582 views]

Detection of Archaeological Residues using remote sensing Techniques (DART) is a three year, £815,000 Science and Heritage funded initiative led by the School of Computing at the University of Leeds. The Science and Heritage programme is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). To examine the complex problem of heritage detection DART has attracted a consortium consisting of 25 key heritage and industry organisations and academic consultants and researchers from the areas of computer vision, geophysics, remote sensing, knowledge engineering and soil science.

Enhanced knowledge of archaeological residues is important for the long-term curation and understanding of a diminishing heritage. There are certain geologies and soils which can complicate the collection and interpretation of heritage remote sensing data. In some of these ‘difficult’ areas traditional detection techniques have been unresponsive. DART will develop a deeper understanding of the contrast factors and detection dynamics within ‘difficult’ areas. This will allow the identification of appropriate sensors and conditions for feature detection. The successful detection of features in ‘difficult’ areas will provide a more complete understanding of the heritage resource which will impact on research, management and development control. Find out more here.

Ant Beck, Data »

[11 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 823 views]

Dave Harrison has been working his socks of building the DART repository based on CKAN. The public repository is hosted at dartportal.leeds.ac.uk.
We have developed an ingest framework which will allow us to streamline the ingest and metadata markup of the thousands of ‘research objects’ (data to you and me) which will be hosted in the repository. We are close to finally ingesting and publically exposing our first content (which, BTW, will also be exposed as OAI-PMH so that it can be consumed by organisations like the ADS and Europeana).
Prior to …

Investigator, Meetings, minutes »

[24 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 2,382 views]

On the 18th April an investigators and consultants meeting was held at Leeds University. This is an opportunity to report on progress and for the consultants to provide steer and practical advice.
We discussed:

the allocation of tasks to Armin Schmidt (Weather analysis, IMKO analysis and GPR analysis)
the future of the IMKO probes (after fixing they will be returned to Van Walt)
the equipment reolocation (will happen some time after April – in the hands of Dan and Ant)
the workshop in September (arranged for the 17th – watch this space for further details)
The …

Ant Beck, Conferences »

[4 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 833 views]

The presentation given by Rob Fry on the DART research was picked up by ‘Archaeological Geophysics with snufffler’ blog. You can read it here.

Virtual Meeting »

[12 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 851 views]

1 2 … 1 2 … 1 2 …. testing
sorry…. on the 12/12/12 a ‘virtual’ meeting was held. The virtual meetings are designed to provide the DART investigating team with updates of general progress. This is crucial as the investigating team is distributed between a number of different universities. Prior to the meeting the student provide progress reports so we have a document such elements as progress, problems, outputs and achievements.
No one from Birmingham could make the meeting. The bulk of the discussion at this meeting covered the data anlysis …

Ant Beck, Collaboration, Data »

[21 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,251 views]

We’ve completed our 14 months of data collection at the sites. However, due to some teething troubles we wanted to continue collecting soil moisture, soil temperature and weather data collection at the Cambridgeshire site. The site uses the bespoke probes from Birmingham and the IMCO probes (1 set on loan from Van Walt Ltd.). I’m very glad to say that the landowner has agreed to extend the survey until April 2013 and Van Walt Ltd. have agreed to continue the loan of the IMCO equipment.