BANEA 2016

I had a very good day at the British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology conference yesterday. I met some interesting people and engaged in some insightful debate. I think my paper was well received and it generated some interesting questions and discussion. Many thanks to the BANEA organisers and in particular Ralph Häussler and Gian…


The boat-grave and model estate of tomb S3357

Throughout the (ongoing) process of compiling a comprehensive GIS of the North Saqqara necropolis I have encountered a number of errors and omissions which have been printed and quite often repeated in various maps of the archaeological site. A recent conundrum that befell me came from the location of the boat-grave and model estate of…


Mitigating asset loss in large drawing files

An error in one of my CAD Civil files has caused me to rethink the way I approach large drawing files that contain multiple assets. All of the assets that comprise my landscape model (digitised contours, spot heights, breaklines, TIN surface, structure models) were internal components of the main drawing file. This means that if…


EES Study Day – On the trail of Imhotep

Yesterday I attended the Egypt Exploration Society study day in London, which took place within the faux Egyptian façade of Greater London House. The day was thoroughly interesting and I had the chance to catch up with friends and discuss projects. I met some very nice people during the day, all enthusiastic about Egyptology. The…


British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology

The British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology conference is being held at the Schools of Archaeology History, and Anthropology and Classics at Lampeter (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) from January 6th-January 8th 2016 (http://www.banea2016.org/). My paper ‘(Re)constructing the sacred landscape of Saqqara’ has been accepted for the Sacred Landscapes session. (Re)constructing the sacred landscape…


Digital Past 2016

The Digital Past 2016 conference will be held in Llandudno on February 10th and 11th. Visit the website for more details: http://digitalpast2016.blogspot.co.uk/. I will be attending and presenting the following paper: Digital Saqqara – from bits of paper to bytes of data Traditionally Egyptologists have relied upon their extensive knowledge of published literature to understand…


Examining landscape

My time this past week has mainly been spent on editing my thesis chapters. When writing new material, I have been focussed on the use of the term landscape. We often hear people use such phrases as ‘the landscape is beautiful’ or ‘it’s a picturesque landscape’, and I have used the term ‘landscape model’ in…


Glossy black mastaba tombs

When visualising my landscape model I make use of Autodesk Infraworks 360, a comprehensive infrastructure design suite used to create and render data-rich 3D models. With the latest release of the software I had begun to notice that structure models created in CAD were rendering as a glossy black when imported as DWG data sources…


Autodesk software and Windows 10 – a cautionary tale

The upgrade to Windows 10 notification had been bothering my laptop and workstation for a while so I decide to do some research to determine if it was in my interests to upgrade my OS at this point in time. The general consensus appeared to be that Windows 10 was a vast improvement upon Windows…


Modelling a mastaba

Tomb 3505 – from paper-based plan to digital 3D model. When I am creating a model of a structure I generally begin with the feature plan in the excavation report or published volume. With regards to the archaic mastaba tombs at North Saqqara the published works of W.B.Emery are authoritative. In the construction of mastaba…