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Avkat Informatics

This past week we began working on the Avkat Informatics Project.  We planned this development to be more or less linear. However, we discovered that this will not be possible due to a number of obstructions.

The main delay involves our server, which appears to have experienced a number of internal errors resulting in services not starting up properly.   It was discovered that a reinstallation of ArcServer would be the best course. We are using this as an opportunity to upgrade from ArcServer 9.3 to 10, and have split the development of the WMA into two main sections. First, we will begin developing the user interface in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using stand-in data obtained from ESRI to test layout and functionality. Once the server is upgraded later this week, we will begin importing actual project data into ArcSDE, uploading it to ArcServer, and creating services for consumption.

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Avkat Informatics

Welcome to the Avkat Archaeological Project’s Informatics development blog! This blog will be providing information throughout the summer on the creation of web mapping applications associated with the Avkat Archaeological Project. There are three facets that this project will be focusing on this summer:

  1. Cleaning data to enhance analysis
  2. Organizing and enhancing the current ArcSDE geodatabase environment with an eye to long-term data curation
  3. Designing and developing web mapping applications using ArcGIS API for JavaScript.

The Avkat web mapping application will eventually serve a variety of purposes including data dissemination, visualization, and analysis initially targeted at the needs of principal investigators of the Avkat Archaeological Project.  Further goals include the expansion of the web portal’s functionality to support the needs of the wider academic and lay community and developing the underlying data structure to provide wide applications to a variety of research needs in the social, humanistic, and natural…

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Avkat Informatics

During the summer of 2012, I worked on the Avkat Archaeological Project’s sub-project titled Avkat Informatics Project in association with Dr. James Newhard (CofC) and Dr. Norman Levine (CofC). This project was tasked with organizing and developing a preliminary user interface for the Avkat GIS.

A blog covering this work can be found here.

Theban Necropolis

During spring semester 2010, I, along with several other students in my introduction to GIS course, worked on the Theban Necropolis mapping project in association with Dr. Peter Piccione (CofC). This work focused on organizing Dr. Piccione’s large datasets he has collected during his work as an Egyptologist.

If you would like to see more about this work, check out the site we made as part of this project here.

Oberlin Cemetery in NC State News

The work I conducted this summer in collaboration with three interns from Wake Technical Community College was picked up by NC State News. The article can be found here. I would like to extend my thanks to the NC State News team, particularly Tracey Peake for bringing this work to to the larger public and specifically the community here in Raleigh, NC. This work aims to identify the number of unmarked graves within Oberlin Cemetery — a freed African-American Cemetery.

HydroCutter Publication

HydroCutter is a toolbox I developed as part of my PhD dissertation work in collaboration with the U.S. Geologic Survey. This work was presented at the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst in Rochester, Minnesota.

The publication can be downloaded for FREE here along with the HydroCutter toolbox for ArcGIS (quick download link here).

Ancient Thera/Santorini

Today we went to ancient Thera/Santorini, learned about the various time periods of Agean Archaeology, worked on some pottery identification exercises, and listend to reports on the Ayia Triada Sarcophogas, Legend of the Minatour, and Frescos

Ancient Thera was inhabited over many time periods starting firt in the Neolithic. Inhabitants of the town during different time periods is evident through the Temenos built by Arteinos of Apollonies and the Exedraw of Roman times. Temenos portrays the Eagle of Zeus, Lion of Apollo, Dolphin of Posidon, and a bust of Artemindoros of Apollonios. THe Exedrae were nooks that held the statues of prominant citizens. Even before the time of Artemindoros, in the 3rd century B.C.E. and the rest of the Roman Period Ancient Thera was inhabited in the Archaic Period which is evident from black and red figure potteries. Also dating back to the archaic period and found iat the site were kouroi or statues of young boys in the round and in an Egyptian style evident from the stiffness and symetry of their bodies. Dr. Morris used the spanning of the settlement of Thera through different periods to explain to us how archaeologists name the time periods of the Agean. The neolithic time period spanned from 6,000-3,000 B.C.E. and was characterized by settlement communities, that had shouse made of stone and centered on farming and animal husbandry. After the Neolithic came the Bronze Age which spaned from 3,000-1,000 B.C.E. The Bronze Age, like other time periods, can be broken into smaller time periods. When talking in terms of the Agean, the Bronze Age can be defined in terms of palaces such as the pre-Palatial (3,000-2,000 B.C.E.), proto-Palatial (2,000-1,700 B.C.E.), neo-Palatial (1,700-1,500 B.C.E.), and post-Palatial (1,500-1,000 B.C.E.). The pre-Palatial, proto-Palatial, neo-Palatial would have been dominated by Minoan influences while the post-Palatial would have been dominated by Mycenean culture. These palatial periods corrispond roughly to the Early (3,000-2,000 B.C.E.), Middle (2,000-1,700 B.C.E.), and Late (1,500-1,000 B.C.E.) Bronze Age. THese time periods are further broken down into Early, Middle, and Late to more precisely discuss time periods. Although, these time frames allow for dating they ignore the variations in different parts of the Agean that would be considred minute when talking in general terms. In orer to fix this issue, some archaeologists speak in terms of Cycladic, Minoan, and Helladic time periods. Just as Early, Middle, and Late was applied to the Bronze Age so too can these adjectives be applied to the Cycladic, Minoan, and Helladic periods. An example of how archaeologists use this time period would be to say that the Myceneans flourished during the Late Helladic time period. All of these differences in time periods can make comparisons confusing so some archaeologists use the Agean to show the continuity of culture throughout the entire Agean.

After explaining time periods to