Category Archives: tools

ARK (The Archaeological Recording Kit)

ARK (The Archaeological Recording Kit) is a web-based ‘toolkit’ for the collection, storage and dissemination of archaeological data.  It includes data-editing, data-creation, data-viewing and data-sharing tools, all of which are delivered using a web-based front-end.

It is designed to be adaptable to any digital or paper-based recording system, so does not dictate what or how the archaeologist records at a given site. Rather it provides a framework, an interface and a set of pre-fabricated digital tools for archaeological recording and data dissemination according to the unique needs of any given project.

Based on industry standard data technologies (Apache/MySQL/PHP), ARK is completely opensource and standards-compliant.

Available as Open Source download or as a hosted service from LP Archaeology.

Ances Trees

AncesTrees was developed for assessing ancestry based on metric analysis. AncesTrees relies on a machine learning ensemble algorithm, random forest, to classify the human skull. In the ensemble learning paradigm, several models are generated and co-jointly used to arrive at the final decision. The random forest algorithm creates ensembles of decision trees classifiers, a non-linear and non-parametric classification technique. The database used in AncesTrees is composed by 23 craniometric variables from 1,734 individuals, representative of six major ancestral groups and selected from the Howells’ craniometric series.

http://lfa.uc.pt/ancestrees/

CRANID

The purpose of CRANID is to assess a skull’s probable biological ancestry, in the  broad geographical sense of the ‘ethnographic present’.

The package allows you to use multivariate methods of linear discriminant analysis and nearest neighbour discriminant analysis with 29 measurements on an individual skull. It assumes that the individual skull is within the range of variation of modern Homo sapiens. The skulls will be classified after automated comparison with 74 samples that include 3,163 skulls from around the world.

Authored by Richard Wright. http://osteoware.si.edu/comment/196

Skelly-Pad

Tablet based App for recording skeletons in the field or lab.  Records Adult or Juvenile skeletons with sex, age and stature estimations. Allows user to draw or annotate a visual image of the skeleton and atatch photos. Data can be exported and shared with other Skelly-Pad users.

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See https://skellypad.wordpress.com fore more details