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  • Archaeozoology combined with GIS analyses to study ancient accumulations of animal bones
    Animal bones from archaeological sites are the remnants of a wide range of activities. They are usually leftovers from domestic meat consumption, although they can also be butchery deposits; waste from activities linked to hide preparation; or ritual deposits, to name only some of the possibilities. During the Roman period,…
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  • Unraveling nomadic pastoralism in Mongolia in the Bronze Age
    Last Thursday, July 22nd, National Geographic History published an article featuring one of the projects in which we collaborate. It is an exciting initiative between the National Museum of Mongolia and the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) to investigate Bronze Age nomadic societies and pastoralism in Mongolia. The project is funded by the Fundación Palarq and it…
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  • Almost 9,000 burial mounds detected in Galicia by Artificial Intelligence
    Recently, an article in La Vanguardia highlighted our projects in Galicia (Spain), where we have been using Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning to automatise the detection of archaeological features, structures and sites. With this post, we wanted to provide insight on this transformative methodology. Artificial intelligence (AI) is being considered the fourth…
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  • Our research makes the headlines in national press!
    Last Monday 19th July, La Vanguardia, one of the most read national newspapers in Catalonia and Spain, published an article on remote sensing and artificial intelligence featuring the research of our group. The article focuses on how drone and satellite imagery is radically transforming the detection of sites and other features of archaeological interest, such as scattered surface remains.  For example, it highlights how lidar helped us and our Galician (Miguel…
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  • Experimental cultivations & the creation of a new methodological tool for archaeobotanical investigations
    Reporting Alexandra Livarda and Alexandra Kriti Archaeobotany and the study of seeds and grains can be very frustrating, especially when compared to other bioarchaeological disciplines, like zooarchaeology. Let us explain: when you have an animal bone you can get all sorts of information. You can tell what animal it is,…
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  • Archaeology at Sheffield facing closure
    Yesterday night we heard some very disturbing news about the possible closure of the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield. This morning we started receiving messages through all types of private and social media platforms coming from all sectors of or related to our discipline. One particular message needs to be…
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  • The many wonders of the Kambos: revisiting the cultural landscapes of western Thessaly, central Greece
    The next webinar of the GIAP ‘Recent Advances in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean’ series is tomorrow, 19th of May, at 18.00CET. The presenter will be Dr Nancy Krahtopoulou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Greece) and she will be talking on the cultural…
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  • BACK TO THE FIELD!
    Giannis Apostolou, Paloma Aliende and Arnau Garcia-Molsosa reporting: After several months in dry-dock, with work advancing only from our home computers, we can finally retake our aerial surveys! We have really missed the outdoors and the rewards of fieldwork and it is now time for us to go back to…
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  • GIAP goes to India: a new project investigates the origins of the Indus Civilisation
    Hi, this is Francesc! I’m a postdoctoral fellow at GIAP, and this is my first blog post – just about time! I joined ICAC during the worst months of the pandemic back in Spring last year to closely work with the remote sensing team under Dr Orengo. My research focuses…
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  • ‘A VIEW TO THE SEA’ WITH DR JANE REMPEL
    On the 17th of March GIAP is hosting the second talk of the webinar series ‘Recent Advances in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean’ to be delivered by Dr Jane Rempel (University of Sheffield, UK). Dr Rempel’s talk examines the late Classical/early Hellenistic monumental burial traditions from Sinope and Amisos on…
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  • A NEW TENURE TRACK POSITION AT ICAC – FOCUS ARCHAEOZOOLOGY
    On the 1st of March Lídia Colominas joined the permanent staff of ICAC/GIAP with a Ramón y Cajal contract.   Dr Colominas is an archaeozoologist, with a particular emphasis on the Mediterranean between the 5th century BC and the 5th century AD. Her work has focused on the development of 4 main…
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  • LAUNCHING OF THE NEW WEBINAR SERIES WITH DR VERONICA ANICETI
    GIAP’s new webinar series ‘Recent Advances in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean’ is hosting Dr Veronica Aniceti on the 24th of February at 18:00 (CET). Dr Aniceti will be talking about ‘Animals and their roles in the medieval society of Sicily‘. You can join the talk here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTRhOGEwZmItNmE2NS00OTk3LWE5ZDctYmZiYjgxNmY2MzI3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22eb2b7ec4-04ec-4a5a-9ee3-d87fa14c34a3%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2210757a50-8e76-431d-8481-84f0a94efc2d%22%7d Here…
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  • MEET OUR NEW MSCA FELLOWS: DRs CHARLOTTE DIFFEY & EFROSYNI BOUTSIKAS
    Skyscapes, religion, plants and ancient economy are some of the themes to be investigated by the two successful 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie fellows that will join GIAP. They are two brilliant female researchers: Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas and Dr Charlotte Diffey. Both of them will be working on the Aegean with…
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  • MEDITERRANEAN POLYCULTURE REVISITED – NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE PREHISTORY OF CRETE
    2021 started with the publication of the third paper of the bioarchaeology-palaeoenvironment-landscape team of the PALAP research project (Palaikastro Phase 4. Urbanisation in Bronze Age Crete: between palace and landscape at Palaikastro). The project (2012-5) involved: Excavation of part of the Bronze Age (Minoan) town at the site of Roussolakkos,…
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  • HOW NEW TECHNOLOGIES CAN HELP EXTRACT ARCHAEOLOGICAL INFORMATION FROM HISTORICAL MAPS
    New research using Deep Learning to extract archaeological information from collections of maps produced during the European colonization of South Asia and Levant  New research published this week in Archaeological Prospection presents the results of how archaeological information can be extracted from historical maps using deep learning. The paper demonstrates the potential…
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  • CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS AND BONES FESTES!
    Time has flown, in a few days 2020 will be over and just a few days ago we had our final weekly GIAP meeting for the year…although without online drinks and nibbles. We leave these for next year when we can all have our Christmas get together…together, in the same…
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  • VALENTINA PESCINI & TOBY WILKINSON JOIN GIAP/ICAC
    We keep growing! This week, on the 1st of December, Valentina Pescini and Toby C. Wilkinson joined the GIAP research team. Valentina as a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher and Toby as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow. Here is a little bit of information on our new members and their…
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  • FIELDWORK AT THE GREEK COLONY OF ABDERA, THRACE, GREECE: report on our summer adventure
    2020, a complicated (!) year for the whole world. And in the midst of the pandemic we had somehow to move on with our TransLands project to ensure we have good datasets to continue with the palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and analysis of this twice-funded Classical colony. We somehow had to reach…
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  • TWO MORE OFFICIAL DRONE PILOTS AT GIAP
    Two more members of the GIAP team are now officially trained drone pilots! Today, Monday the 26th of October 2020, the results of the UAV (drone) exams, organised by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority in Athens are out: Mercouris Georgiadis and Giannis Apostolou have successfully passed the test! Many congratulations…
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  • Emerging Investigator Award 2019 for GIAP members
    Hector A. Orengo (writing this post) and Arnau Garcia-Molsosa were awarded the Emerging Investigator Award 2019 by the Journal of Archaeological Science and the Society for Archaeological Sciences for our paper paper “A brave new world for archaeological survey: Automated machine learning-based potsherd detection using high-resolution drone imagery” The panel…
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  • GIAP opens the period for the pre-selection of Marie Skłodowska-Curie proposals
    GIAP will be open until mid-july to eaccept candidatures for Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) postdoctoral positions. Available supervisors include: Francesc C. Conesa for topics related to landscape archaeology, computational archaeology, remote sensing, GIS and machine learning. fconesa@icac.cat Arnau Garcia-Molsosa for topics related to landscape archaeology, landscape history, survey, computational archaeology, remote…
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  • Call for papers for the new ArcheoLogica Data journal
    ArcheoLogica Data is a new annual Open Access journal by the MAPPA Lab at the Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge of the University of Pisa. ArcheoLogica Data aims at publishing original contributions in the form of long (30k-50k characters) or short (7500 characters) papers linked to a dataset.…
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  • 1st TIR-FOR symposium: call for papers
    The call for abstracts for the TIR-FOR (Tabula Imperii Romani – Forma Orbis Romani) symposium is now open. As mapping, computational and web-based technologies advance, the TIR-FOR project (one of the longest-running international archaeological projects) is dedicating its first ever symposium to digital cartography and how it interacts with current…
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  • Incorporation of a new GIAP member
    Today GIAP is celebrating the incorporation of a new member! Dr Francesc C. Conesa is starting working with us as a Juan de la Cierva Incorporación postdoctoral fellow for the project ‘Automated machine learning applications in landscape archaeology‘. Francesc will be working for the next three years with the Remote…
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  • BBVA Foundation grant for DIASur!
    Despite the global pandemic and the confinement of the population, the members of the committee in charge of evaluating the BBVA Foundation Grants for Research Teams in Digital Humanities met virtually yesterday to select 5 projects out of the 81 proposals received in all fields related to digital humanities. GIAP…
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  • Meeting virtually
    GIAP team members did their first general virtual meeting last Friday. The meeting focused on the organisation and workings of our new project management platform. There were a few technical problems related to the configuration of the internet browser of two members that did not allow them to intervene. They…
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  • Working from home
    During the next weeks we will be populating GIAP’s website. With the measures against the expansion of the Coronavirus (ICAC asked us to work from home) some of us will have some extra time to do so while others -like myself- will have the children at home for two weeks…
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  • Hello World!
    GIAP launches its new website today. During the following weeks we will be updating content… Stay tuned!