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October 2015

A video walk-through of the archaeological site of Babylon

The video below is presented by two members of the world monuments fund team working on  the archaeological site of Babylon in Iraq. Continue reading “A video walk-through of the archaeological site of Babylon”

Ardagh Battery Excavation

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1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Second Treaty of Thorn


The Thirteen Years’ War also called the War of the Cities, was a conflict fought in 1454–66 between the Prussian Confederation, allied with the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, and the State of the Teutonic Order. Continue reading “1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Second Treaty of Thorn”

Google Earth and Ancient Rome in 3D

The Liberated Academic

As many of you are already aware Google Earth already was an excellent resource for researchers,

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Largest ever Neolithic discovery on Anglesey

An important neolithic site has been discovered by archaeologists surveying the site for a new school. Continue reading “Largest ever Neolithic discovery on Anglesey”

Rare glass spearhead found on Rottnest island

Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.

It’s the third time in the past year that UWA staff and students have uncovered spearheads on the island.

Earlier this year a Heritage Studies student found a glass spearhead, and last year a staff member unearthed a ceramic one.

The spearheads are believed to have been used by Indigenous men and boys who were imprisoned on island between 1838 and 1931.

Records show photographs of Sunday hunting day when the Indigenous prisoners would hunt to supplement their diet of barley, cabbage and porridge with fish, snake and quokka.

It is believed the prisoners would find a place on top of a hill often overlooking the mainland where they would make spear tips from scrap pieces of glass.

Professor Len Collard from UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies said the most recent discovery occurred when the 45 students and eight staff from the UWA School of Indigenous Studies were learning about the history of Indigenous prisoners on the island.

“As I was digging around in the sand with my foot, something shiny glinted in the light and I recognised the object to be a glass spearhead,” Professor Collard said.

Interactive Network Analysis and Data Visualization

The Liberated Academic

Data visualisation can be a very powerful tool and can be put to excellent use within the humanities providing a new way forward for some researchers.

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Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen

Last September the Viking age fortress was discovered in Denmark for the first time in 60 years, Continue reading “Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen”

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