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Archaeopad is a collection of Apps designed for and with archaeologists. I’m an IT specialist who’s been studying for a part-time degree in Archaeology at the University of Reading and have become fascinated with the challenges, and potential benefits, of putting my IT skills to use in the field. Archaeologists need applications that blend a practical, robust approach with sound academic content, a suitable challenge for any designer/developer. Comments, feedback, ideas and suggestions welcomed.

Context recording on a phone

Ditch your folders and clipboard and capture all your dig records on a tablet. Use our pre-defined forms for cuts, deposits, plans, sections, finds, samples and so on – or create new forms to suit your needs.

App includes;

  • Comprehensive lists of values for eg colours, textures based on an amalgamation of UK practices
  • Calculation of levels and linking levels to relevant forms
  • Tracks links between contexts and plans/sections/finds
  • Organise your work into collections
  • Export/import utility for back up and to print or output to spreadsheets or other databases
  • Create or customise your own forms and lists of values

There’s plenty of help inside the App but see the FAQ for more and a  walk-through of the steps to make your own customised forms, complete with your logo.

 

Devils in the Detail!

It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully you check a program or calculation, or an academic source, somehow errors always seem to creep in. I’m indebted to Alastair Thomson from the University of Reading for spotting that the stature calculations based on Femur Length in Skelly-Pad were wrong. Initially we thought there was just a  single error but after poring over the source I used originally and a variety of standard texts it appears that there was systematic error in the Femur table I had used.

I suspect that it was a simple swapping of rows from one table to the other, an easy thing to do when you’re copying lists of numbers. The Skelly-Pad calculations have been fixed (and checked and re-checked) against the table in Human skeletal remains : excavation, analysis, interpretation  Ubelaker (1999).

I also took the opportunity to add the calculations for Mexican and Mongoloid males (not sure why there are no females?), new version on Apple and Android now available.

 

Skelly-Pad – New version released

The latest version of Skelly-Pad includes a number of features that have been requested by users in the field, particularly those excavating the numerous cemetries that are found all round the UK. This version is available on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

New features include;

  • Ability to manage large numbers of skeleton using folders, move skeletons between folders, export and import folders, delete folders
  • Record Joints and Joint Pathology
  • Record Cranial measurements using CRANID measurements and export in CRANID ready format
  • New Adult Skeleton format based on the Museum of London recording standards
  • Ability to import skeletons from other users archives – see Skeleton Archive for an initial set of data from the Wellcome Osteological database
  • Add new values for Ancestry

See Google Play or iTunes App Store to downlaod.

Level-Pad – New version released

Feedback on Level-Pad from excavators has been very positive,  but in real life people wanted more flexibility in organising their work. So the latest release allows you to organise Level Pages into Collections, and to export or import Collections or single Pages.

You can also add or delete single Levels from a page.