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8th March Dr. Rob Hosfield University of Reading, UK       “Walking in a winter wonderland? Mid-latitude seasonal mobility options in the Lower Palaeolithic”    Abstract: Any occupation of northern Europe by Lower Palaeolithic hominins (H. heidelbergensis/proto-Neanderthals, and H. erectus and/or antecessor?) must have addressed the challenges of marked seasonality and cold winters, primarily during ‘interglacial’ MIS. Continue reading →

#CAAUK and Fragmented Narrative

I’m posting this from Day Two of the CAAUK conference. I think there may be more of relevance to my studies today, though yesterday was by no means disappointing. There were many thought provoking points made, and I got to meet more of my fellow Southampton students than I’ve met so far while actually at University. I also heard yesterday that my seminar in Thursday might be streamed to York University’s Cultural Heritage students. Argh! Scary. Continue reading →

Southampton Tudor House (and more RTI)

I can’t read for a PhD in digital technology and cultural heritage interpretation at Southampton and not visit the recently reopened Tudor House Museum, which touts some of the very latest interpretation technology. So with my daughter on an inset day from school, I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for an educational visit. We parked at the West Quay shopping centre, and skipped across the road to Bugle Street (what a great name). Continue reading →

Is this the best we can do?

A week or two back, a colleague gave me a sample of the QR code panels that are being piloted along the South Downs Way. I was quite excited to see it, because it turned out not to be just a QR code, but also incorporated an NFC chip and a LAYAR augmented reality image. I’m quite dismissive of QR codes, but only because some people get over excited about what is, after all, just another way of inputting a URL into a browser. Continue reading →

So what exactly is RTI anyway? (Updated)

Remember that bit at the beginning of The Fifth Element, when the professor is trying to read the ancient pictograms and the sleepy boy keeps letting the mirror drop? Turns out what that professor needed was RTI. I spent a fun day today working alongside volunteer guides at Winchester Cathedral. But we were not giving tours. We were taking pictures of graffiti. But with some of these scratches in stone and wood hundreds of years old, they could be difficult to read. Continue reading →

Christmas Seminar

  7th December, Christmas Lecture   Dr. William Davies   CAHO, Southampton   “Fifty shades of mobility and behavioural modernity: the ties that bind”  I shall explore the potential effects of individual and group mobility on the transmission of ideas.  How are innovations transmitted in these situations, and what implication does this mobility have for the manifestation of traits of “behavioural modernity” (art, personal ornament, music, etc. Continue reading →