Saturday, November 20, 2004

Scholarly search - Google engineers new scholarly search - Nov 19, 2004: "Google Inc., the leader in online search engines, is setting out to make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the Web.
The company's new service, unveiled late Wednesday, draws upon newly developed algorithms to list the academic research that appears to be most relevant to a search request. Mountain View-based Google doesn't plan to charge for the service nor use the feature to deliver text-based ads, the primary source of its profits.
'Google has benefited a lot from scholarly research, so this is one way we are giving back to the scholarly community,' said Anurag Acharya, an engineer who helped develop the new search tools.
Although Google already had been indexing the reams of academic research online, the company hadn't been able to separate the scholarly content from commercial Web sites."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

looters charter

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Archaeologists fear 'looters' charter': "Archaeologists fear 'looters' charter'

John Hooper in Rome
Tuesday November 9, 2004
The Guardian

Archaeologists were yesterday aghast over a plan by MPs loyal to Silvio Berlusconi to legalise the private ownership of archaeological treasures in Italy. One called the measure a 'looters' charter'. "

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

PCA Inscription

PCA - Sites - Highlights - Tabard Square Inscription

This has been interpreted by one of the leading Latin epigraphic scholars Dr Mark Hassall, of the Institute of Archaeology in London as meaning:

To the spirits of the emperors (and) the god Mars Camulos, Tiberinius Celerianus, ranking moritex of the (traders) of London, set this up.

The inscription appears to have been set up by the trader or negotiator Tiberinius Celerianus who originated from the Rheims district in France. As well as providing a named individual and his status the inscription's importance is magnified by the word Londiniensium. [cont.]

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Roman Timber

Evening Star:
"Table made from 2,000 year old wood
October 24, 2004 01:15

SOME people might think this table looks heavenly - and they would have plenty of reason for thinking so.

For the oak from which it is built was growing near the Thames when Jesus walked the Earth.

Made from Roman oak more than 2,000 years old, this table is believed to be one of the country's most prized pieces of furniture.

In a cabinet-makers workshop in Back Hamlet, Ipswich, master craftsmen have spent weeks toiling over one of the town's best-kept secrets.

Using oak which the owner claims was cut from a tree which seeded in 150BC, and was felled in 63AD, the cabinet makers are creating a dining table which most people could only dream of."

Francis Grew, curator of Archaeology, Early Department at Museum of London, said: "Archaeologists commonly uncover Roman timber in central London, preserved in waterlogged conditions."

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Dream Machine Google Ogles Your Hard Drive Now all archaeologists can have a "dream machine" PC on which files and emails just do not get lost or misplaced?
By Rich Duprey
October 18, 2004

The company that revolutionized the search of the Internet has now
revolutionized searching your hard drive. Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) new Desktop Search utility is an incredibly powerful program that will keep
track of that morass of documents,
emails, instant messages, and web
pages currently residing in your computer.

Sunday, October 17, 2004


BLOG-EFL: Blogging with ERASMUS students

Graham reports good blog ideas here re networking.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Review: Rome Total War Rome: Total War Review: Rome: Total War: "As you continue to delve deeper and deeper into the game, you get to spread over the whole of Europe and North Africa and face Carthage and the Celtic tribes of Britain. When you defeat them, the option to play as the leader of their armies is unlocked. Will the Iceni led by a present-day Boudicca defeat the might of Rome, and free Britannia?"