Iron Age Research Student Symposium 2016 – University of Leicester

Iron Age Research Student Symposium 2016 – University of Leicester

Last week I made my third trip to the Universiry of Leicester in less than two months(!) to attend and present at the 19th IARSS conference. I had a great time at the 2015 symposium at the University of Liverpool, and postgraduate Later Prehistorians and researchers are a great bunch, so I was looking forward (and slightly nervous) to be presenting the results of my MA dissertation this year.

Safe to say that it was a great success, and I’d just like to say here a special thanks to the conference organisers for inviting me to speak, and for doing such a fantastic job of running the entire event over three days, not in the least including the impressive IARSS-branded cake (unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to take a picture, but it was delicious!).

I received some very positive feedback about my research, on the theme of Historic Environments’ perceptions and understandings of Late Iron Age monuments known as oppida, and how previous studies have shaped our understanding of these enigmatic sites. With feedback in mind, I hope to get this written into an article soon, and published in an archaeological journal in the near future.

On a last note, a belated congratulations to Leicester City FC on winning the Premier League – I was very impressed by the bold support and decorations that are all over the city!

 

Product testing – Faro Freestyle handheld laser scanner

Product testing – Faro Freestyle handheld laser scanner

(Please note, I don’t write product reviews and do not endorse any particular manufacturer of geomatics products).

The Geospatial Imaging team was loaned a Faro Freestyle a couple of weeks ago to test out its scanning abilities, and to see whether it was a piece of equipment that would be useful for their work (since they own a Faro Focus 3D – both of which are compatible with the Faro Scene processing software). As a placement holder, I don’t influence these decisions, but it was a great opportunity for me to learn to use this handheld scanner, so scanned the fireplace in the Hotham Room at Historic England’s York office, firstly with the Focus, then getting internal details with the Freestyle.

I was impressed by its portability, being connected to a lightweight tablet computer through a single charging cable, though ensuring adequate coverage of the target area is certainly a technique that requires much practice to perfect.

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