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Computed Tomography of the Tidgrove Key

In 2007 the Tidgrove key was found during excavations near Kingsclere, Hampshire. A residence of Henry II, the site highlighted a complex that included a series of buildings, including a large cellar. At the foot of this structure lay a heavily corroded key. A new CT scanner at the University of Southampton revealed wire inlay over the shaft, and the fine cutting of the wards. Continue reading →

Montenegrin Maritime Archaeological Research Project: A Joint Initiative of the Museum of Bar, Montenegro, and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton

The project developed in response to finds in Maljevik Bay, near Sutomore in the Municipality of Bar, southern Montenegro. The discovery of columns and dressed stone blocks from a monumental ancient building lying in 3m of water 200m from shore attracted national and international press attention. Continue reading →

Sculptural Polychromy in Roman Italy

The discovery in 2006 of the painted head of an Amazon statue in the area of the Basilica Noniana at Herculaneum provided a vivid reminder that colour formed an important and complex part of Roman statuary. The project is a collaboration between the Archaeological Computing Research Group at the University of Southampton and the Herculaneum Conservation Project led by the British School at Rome. The project is supervised by Dr Graeme Earl and Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. Continue reading →

How we know what we know about Early Modern London Theatres

Most of what we know about the theatres which developed before, during and shortly after the life of Shakespeare has been passed down to us through a complex process of filtration. Over the centuries documents written at the time have been selected, copied, adapted, and interpreted, and that process has shaped our modern understanding. What we do with this received information will in turn determine how future generations view our theatrical past. Continue reading →


Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) brings together partners from the Universities of Southampton, Cambridge and Trondheim, the National Museum of Denmark, the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Zagreb Archaeological Museum, Lejre Archaeological Park (Sagnlandet) and the Crafts Council. Continue reading →

Google Ancient Places

The Google Ancient Places (GAP) project is inspired by two questions: How can I easily find (and view) all the places mentioned in a classical text? And how can I find classical texts about a place I am interested in? GAP is a Google-funded consortium that uses the latest text mining methods to semantically annotate references to ancient places in the Google Books corpus. Continue reading →

Soldier in Later Medieval England

This is the most significant project ever undertaken on the late medieval soldier. For the first time hard data has been produced on individuals and groups (such as the soldiers serving under one particular leader, or in particular locations). Our project provides a dynamic picture over eighty years of English warfare, from 1369-1453, as opposed to a study of a single campaign. Continue reading →

Multi-Modal Instrument: A Platform for Comparative Controller Evaluation

There has been increasing research interest in real-time performance control of sound synthesis as the variety of hardware available to mediate this control has expanded, chiefly through changes in video game and mobile device technology and the arrival of programmable Open Source Hardware systems.  These devices offer a range of new interactions with real-time synthesis software, such as multi-touch surfaces, tangible objects, orientation and motion capture (i.e. Continue reading →

3D Chirp: Underwater Sub-Bottom Profiling at the University of Southampton

The University of Southampton’s 3D Chirp sub-bottom profiler is used for underwater 3D seismic imaging.  The scans it produces are of 3D data volumes, rather than the traditional 2D sections—meaning that the results can be used to reconstruct rich, three-dimensional models of the scanned areas.   These models can be viewed in horizontal, vertical and arbitrary slices, offering a much more robust means to analyse the data. Continue reading →