The 2017 Jackie Chan movie “Kung Fu Yoga” features professor Jack Chan, most famous archaeologist of China, on his quest to find the treasure of Magadha. During his adventure, he uses a couple of interesting (fictional) technologies, which we will take a closer look on…
Together with Florian Thiery I gave a talk on a side project by the Research Squirrel Engineers, a working group of Research Software Engineers. Our aim in this project is to digitize a catalogue on Ogham stones and put it online in a linked and open way. At the Graph Technologies in the Humanities conference we were invited to present our work. Here is a short version. (more…)
I am very happy to announce, that I edited a volume on digital teaching and learning and it came out just a couple days ago! Way back I reported that I will give a presentation on a symposium that I organised at the University of Cologne in Germany. The publication is the outcome of that symposium, where I also wrote a chapter on the challenges of archaeological reconstruction.
Together with Oliver Nakoinz I’ll team-teach a winter school on classification methods for archaeology in R next year. It’ll be in German, because there is a lack of German statistical tutorials for archaeologists and we’ll be creating an open and free tutorial in this class. Apply until end of the year to join us! (more…)
I’ve recently read and reviewed Daniel Giere’s (@34e6ab0133cd4f7) “Computerspiele – Medienbildung – historisches Lernen” (computer games – media education – historical learning) in German and I think I’ll just give everyone a rough overview over his work in English, because, well, it deserves some attention. It’s as far as I know, the first published empirical study on the influence games may have on a person’s knowledge of history. (more…)
I’ve been writing an article in which I use a one-dimensional kernel density estimation (KDE). After some thought (and peer review ;-P ) I decided, I needed to visualise how it works. I couldn’t find any R-code on how to do this online, soooo here it is: My R-code on how to produce a graph which may help explaining KDEs. (more…)
Recently I had some time on my hands I could dedicate to reading something new, and encouraged by many enthusiastic tweets, I chose Colleen Morgans “Avatars, Monsters, and Machines: A Cyborg Archaeology”. I loved it! One thing especially stuck with me: (more…)
In winter 2018/19 and summer semester 2019 I taught courses on archaeogaming and concepts of the past in computer and video games. I am proud to share with you the videos my students created, in which they analyse games of their choosing. Have a look! (more…)
This is my series on teaching statistics with cartoons. Finally we’re getting to “statistical” examples: Figures, graphs, visualisation techniques… Have fun with implementation no. 3: Descriptive statistics! (more…)
Now, finally: The last thesis we featured in the discussion about Concepts of the Past in Computer and Video Games, which Jan Wieners and I organised for our class on archaeogaming in January 2019 is my favourite one. How important is “accuracy” in comparison to “representation” in Computer and Video Games? (more…)
I’m teaching a course on quantitative methods, R and archaeological data and my students have to realize their own project in that course. That means they ask me a lot of very sensible questions. Here I will write about workflows I find useful as documentation for the future. First things first: Data wrangling! (more…)
So “10 things to”-lists are pretty popular these days, so we give it a try. If you are interested in Archaeoinformatics, you can do a couple of things to get into the subject and start learning how to do archaeology today.