Enjoy a walk around Silchester’s Roman town walls or the neolithic henge at Marden, acompanied by information and commentary from the archaeologists who’ve explored them. The next best thing to visiting when the excavators are at work.
Archaeopad is a collection of Apps designed for and with archaeologists. I’m an IT specialist who’s been studying for a part-time degree in Archaeology at the University of Reading and have become fascinated with the challenges, and potential benefits, of putting my IT skills to use in the field.
Archaeologists need applications that blend a practical, robust approach with sound academic content, a suitable challenge for any designer/developer.
Skelly-Pad is designed for osteologists to record skeletons in the lab or in the trench, and has proved particularly useful for fragile human remains that need to recorded and measured in situ.
Level-Pad is a very simple App for recording and calulating levels, designed to let you get on with the interesting stuff.
All my Apps are available on Apple and Android devices – if there’s an App you’ve always wanted but not ahd time or inclination to write – let me know!
The tricky thing about developing Apps is that you don’t know until they’re published how people will use them. The feedback I got during development suggested that most users would be analysing skeletons in the lab rather than recording them during excavations, but thanks to some very useful feedback from user in Israel and Iceland it seems that Skelly-Pad is proving very useful for on-site, in trench use. That’s particularly true when the bones are very fragile so that this is the only time that measurements can be accurately taken.
Recording a whole cemetery at once means there are more skeletons being held in the App than I’d anticipated so I’ve added a paging feature that means you can flip through the skeletons more easily and some basic search functionality to locate a particular skeleton in a long list. Only available on iPad and iPhone right now, a new version of Android introduced a new bug 😦 – but hope to get the Android version updated soon.
The current record is 51 skeletons, if you’ve done more let me know!