Magnetic moments in the past: Developing archaeomagnetic dating for application in UK archaeology

Project start date: 2009-04 Project end date: 2010-05
This project follows on from a previous collaboration which established a methodology for using measurements of the past magnetic field of the Earth for dating archaeological materials in the last 4000 years in the UK. The primary aim of this project is to realise the potential of this research by developing its practical application in UK archaeology. There is increasing interest in using archaeomagnetic dating as part of the suite of chronological tools available to archaeologists. However, it has yet to be adopted routinely. This is partly due to a lack of accessible information allowing evaluation of its suitability in specific archaeological circumstances and partly because there is no coordinated, centralised record of existing archaeomagnetic measurements. The project allow users to investigate existing archaeomagnetic measurements and to incorporate new data in the geomagnetic field model, thus improving the technique.
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Methods usedCategory
2d scanning and photographyData capture
Accessibility analysisStrategy and project management
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Coding and standardisationData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
Content-based image retrievalData analysis
CurationStrategy and project management
DocumentationStrategy and project management
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Geo-referencing and projectionData structuring and enhancement
Graphical interaction (synchronous)Communication and collaboration
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
PhotographyPractice-led research
PrototypingStrategy and project management
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
Risk managementStrategy and project management
Security planningStrategy and project management
Spatial data analysisData analysis
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Usability analysisStrategy and project management
Use of existing digital dataData capture
Version controlStrategy and project management
Web browser scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Software tools used: 
Source material used:  
Wide range of published and unpublished archaeomagnetic data reports including laboratory reports, student projects and peer reviewed literature.
Digital resource created:  
A web-based resource and database which collates all existing UK archaeomagnetic data and allows the user to address specific questions, such as the expected errors in a particular period, the suitability of features, and related studies.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Metadata standards employed: 
Keyhole Markup Language (KML)

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Bradford
Other institutions involved:
English Heritage

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Cathy Batt, Paul Linford
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Author(s) of recordCatherine Batt
TitleMagnetic moments in the past: Developing archaeomagnetic dating for application in UK archaeology
Record created2010-07-22
Record updated2010-07-22 11:31
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3720
Citation of recordCatherine Batt: Magnetic moments in the past: Developing archaeomagnetic dating for application in UK archaeology. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3720> created: 2010-07-22, last updated 2010-07-22 11:31
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