Project updates


Version 2.51

posted 11 Dec 2014, 05:25 by Martin Roe

Version 2.51 of the Meerstone Community Archaeology manual is now available.  It includes a new section on use of navigation grade GPS, plus some additions to the CAD and GIS sections, and as always a general tidy up. Its only a minor update but improves a few loose ends. Work on the next big issue is underway and will include a section on field walking including how to collect and analyse you data in QGIS.

Version 2.5 and video tutorials now available

posted 24 Jul 2014, 07:32 by Martin Roe

The transition between version 1.5 and 2 was interrupted by poor health so I have decided to leap straight to 2.5 and 3.0 should be out by the end of the year. 2.5 sees a total revamp of the manual. Previously editions were assembled in Open Office and exported as a pdf which didn’t always preserve the page layout. It has now been rebuilt in Scribus; open source desktop publishing software. This has been an opportunity to improve the page layout and general structure of the manual. A new section covering building recording has been added and existing sections have been expanded and enhanced. Over the last few months I have also put together a series of tutorial videos to support the manual. Find them on the Meerstone You Tube channel.

Version 1.5 is now available

posted 30 Nov 2012, 04:21 by Martin Roe   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 04:46 ]

The new expanded version of the manual is now available. After some further editing this now consists of 328 pages covering a much wider range of archaeological activities.

This represent a major new phase in the development of this open content manual.

Since the last version 126 new pages have been added taking the text count up to almost 70,000 words.

Based on feedback from version 1.0 several new sections have been added. These include Post excavation which covers issues like conservation planning, documenting finds and preparing them for long term storage as well as how to develop a dated stratigraphic sequence. A new section covers Finds Illustration which naturally links in with post excavation, as does an extensive section on Photography.

Because of the addition of these new modules existing sections have been revised to make sure that they integrate with the new material and so that more cross references could be added between modules. The excavation section has had a number of new sections added to help the understanding of the post excavation process.

The introduction to CAD section now focusses on the use of DrafSight as the previously featured software no longer has a web presence.

All internet links have been checked and updated where appropriate. The whole manual has had a general tidy up to make the formatting and pagination more consistent.

New edition soon

posted 29 Aug 2012, 05:20 by Martin Roe   [ updated 3 Oct 2012, 02:12 ]

After a hard couple of months writing the next version of the manual is almost ready for launch. It has expanded by a third and now stands at almost 70,000 words in 331 pages.

Links page expanded

posted 10 Apr 2012, 02:49 by Martin Roe

We are now adding links to national and local group and organisations. let us know if you would like your site added.

March Promotion

posted 1 Mar 2012, 08:15 by Martin Roe

All orders received in March 2012 will be placed into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon gift voucher.

Available now !

posted 23 Nov 2011, 03:22 by Martin Roe   [ updated 3 Oct 2012, 02:14 ]

After a few delays the manual is now officially available to buy

Its nearly time!

posted 19 Oct 2009, 22:41 by Martin Roe   [ updated 3 Oct 2012, 02:13 ]

Coming soon the official launch of the Meerstone Community Archaeology Manual

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