Digital bones

Record your skeleton and dental inventory straight into a tablet, share the inventory with other users or export to Excel. Includes age at death, sex assessment, stature estimation and full juvenile skeleton with sexual maturity assessment.

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Last summer I spent a happy 2 weeks digging at Marden Henge with students and staff from Reading University. One image that sticks in my head is the (very hot) afternoon a group of us spent scratching our heads over various mistakes in the levels book. In an off the cuff comment I said that an App for calculating levels would be a really good idea, which was greeted with a chorus of “yes, please!” from the students.

Several months later a search of various App stores revealed plenty of Apps that do indeed calculate levels, and much more besides, but all aimed at surveyors rather than archaeologists.

Level-Pad is my attempt to fill the gap with a simple, easy to use App that  works the way that excavators work on site. Looking just like a traditional levels book, when you move to a new page it asks how many levels you’re planning to take and all you have to do is enter the TBM, BackSight and ForeSights and Level-Pad fills in the calculations for you.

You can write the levels in a physical book when you’re done, email or print a copy of the page or send it to another Level-Pad user to store in their phone or tablet.

No more sums!

Fed up of spending time calculating levels in your head, searching for a calculator or checking you’ve used the backsight and foresight properly? Level-Pad does the sums for you, just enter your Dumpy level readings and it will calculate the levels for you.

• automated level calculations
• generates level book page to print
• share pages with other users

Free version has full functionality but limited to 5 pages of levels.

iPhones included

When I started building Skelly-Pad iPhones were still mostly small, so I decided it didn’t make sense to publish the App on them because it would be too difficult to use.  But in the last year or so they seem to have got bigger and bigger – so much that some phones are almost as big as small tablet. I’ve also had people ask to try Skelly-Pad on a phone so after a bit of tinkering around the latest version is now usable on even the smallest iPhone.

With smaller phones you’ll need to switch between landscape and portrait mode a bit to get the best results but everything is usable – you can zoom in and out of the pictures if need be.

This version also has some changes to try and prevent crashes on iPad Air devices (which are prone to crash if you turn them around and the App flips around to match) and a bug in the import utility that caused some imports to fail.

Version 1.1.10 is available on the iTunes App store and Google Play.