Day Off Archaeology

Today should’ve been spent in Shrewsbury excavating traces of industrial and domestic medieval activity – instead I had to tend to the most important tool any archaeologist owns: my car. Having nursed my ailing old Citroen through months of university it finally gave up the ghost, within mere hours of my being offered the Shrewsbury job. So a day of test drives it was, including nearly putting a Xsara Picasso into Offa’s Dyke. Trying an emergency stop the ABS failed and a good old fashioned 1980s skid ensued; tires screamed and the back end of the car began coming round. For a distinctly sticky moment it seemed the Picasso and I were going to plough into the adjacent dyke, causing irreparable damage to one of the nation’s major heritage assets – not to mention an elderly French car and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

No luck today; back to the search tomorrow, possibly with a slightly less gung-ho approach to emergency brake tests. And then on Monday – back to medieval Shrewsbury.

Hard night’s Day of Archaeology

Editing the mesh of a photogrammetric model of a kiln

I’m up late editing the mesh of a photogrammetric model of a kiln, recorded on site two weeks ago. This week my evening routine has consisted of watching progress bars inching along until another stage of the rendering is complete; then initiating the next 24 hours of processing before finally nodding off. The demands on processor power are immense but there’s no question that it’s worth it. The level of detailed recording photogrammetric models make available is almost unprecedented, and as with all things computer-related it’s only going to get faster and easier.

Soon this feature’s going to be backfilled but, with the aid of a mobile phone, laptop or cheap VR headset, anyone will be able to take a look around it. My kids have already ‘stood’ in the bottom of the kiln and taken a look around.

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Anyway, back to the progress bar – only another 1h 12m 45s till bedtime.