Saturday, January 2, 2016

Springer’s free download of books

Just after Christmas I read on the SHA website that Springer well known publisher of archaeological books and journals was offering a large number of texts for free download. This is what I got one afternoon in between sanding and painting a bookcase.
1 Andrén, A 1997, Between artifacts and texts : historical archaeology in global perspective, Plenum Press, New York.
2 Atack, J 1986, 'Firm Size and Industrial Structure in the United States During the Nineteenth Century', The Journal of Economic History, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 463-75.
3 Babits, LE & Van Tilburg, H 1998, 'Maritime archaeology : a reader of substantive and theoretical contributions', Plenum Press, New York.
4 Banning, EB 2000, The archaeologist's laboratory the analysis of archaeological data, Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
5 ——— 2002, Archaeological survey, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
6 Baram, U & Carroll, L 2002, 'A historical archaeology of the Ottoman Empire breaking new ground', Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York.
7 Bates, DG & Lees, SH 1996, Case studies in human ecology, Plenum Press, New York.
8 Blanton, RE 1994, Houses and households : a comparative study, Plenum Press, New York.
9 Burke, H 1999, Meaning and ideology in historical archaeology : style, social identity, and capitalism in an Australian town, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publisher, New York.
10 Burns, JM 2003, The life and times of a merchant sailor : the archaeology and history of the Norwegian ship Catharine, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
11 Caldwell, DR, Ehlen, J & Harmon, RS 2004, 'Studies in military geography and geology', Kluwer Academic Pub., Dordrecht; Boston.
12 Carneiro, RL 2002, The muse of history and the science of culture, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
13 Corbin, A 2002, The Material Culture of Steamboat Passengers Archaeological Evidence from the Missouri River, Springer US, Boston, MA.
14 Crowell, A 1997, Archaeology and the capitalist world system : a study from Russian America, Plenum Press, New York.
15 Dalglish, C 2003, Rural society in the age of reason : an archaeology of the emergence of modern life in the Southern Scottish Highlands, Contributions to global historical archaeology, ed. C. E. Orser, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY [u.a.
16 Delle, JA 1998, An archaeology of social space : analyzing coffee plantations in Jamaica's Blue Mountains, Plenum Press, New York.
17 Drennan, RD 1996, Statistics for archaeologists : a commonsense approach, Plenum Press, New York.
18 Goodwin, LBR 2002, An archaeology of manners the polite world of the merchant elite in colonial Massachusetts, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, New York.
19 Groover, MD 2003, An archaeological study of rural capitalism and material life : the Gibbs farmstead in Southern Appalachia, 1790-1920, Contributions to global historical archaeology., ed. C. E. Orser, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
20 Jamieson, RW 2002, Domestic architecture and power : the historical archaeology of colonial Ecuador, Kulwer Academic Publishers, New York.
21 Kipfer, BA 2000, Encyclopedic dictionary of archaeology, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, New York.
22 Kroll, EM & Price, TD 1991, 'The Interpretation of archaeological spatial patterning', Plenum Press, New York.
23 Kusch, M 1991, Foucault's strata and fields : an investigation into archaeological and genealogical science studies, Studies In Epistemology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht; Boston.
24 Langham, I 1981, The building of British social anthropology : W.H.R. Rivers and his Cambridge disciples in the development of kinship studies, 1898-1931, D. Reidel ; Sold and distributed in the U.S.A. and Canada by Kluwer Boston Inc., Dordrecht, Holland; Boston, U.S.A.; Hingham, MA.
25 Leone, MP & Potter, PB 1999, 'Historical archaeologies of capitalism', Kluwer Academic : Plenum Press, New York.
26 Lyman, RL, O'Brien, MJ & Dunnell, RC 1997, Americanist culture history : fundamentals of time, space, and form, Plenum Press, New York.
27 Lyman, RL, O'Brien, MJ & Dunnell, RC 1997, The Rise and Fall of Cultural History, Plenum Press, New York.
28 Matthews, CN 2002, An archaeology of history and tradition : moments of danger in the Annapolis landscape, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
29 McCarthy, M 2002, Iron and steamship archaeology success and failure on the SS Xantho, Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York.
30 O'Brien, MJ & Lyman, RL 2002, Applying evolutionary archaeology a systematic approach, Kluwer Academic/Plenum, New York.
31 ——— 2002, Seriation, stratigraphy, and index fossils the backbone of archaeological dating, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
32 Odell, GH 1996, 'Stone tools : theoretical insights into human prehistory', Plenum Press, New York.
33 ——— 2004, Lithic analysis, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
34 Orser, CE 1996, A historical archaeology of the modern world, Plenum Press, New York.
35 Pfister, C & Brimblecombe, P 1990, 'The Silent countdown : essays in European environmental history', Springer-Verlag, Berlin; New York.
36 Reid, AM & Lane, P 2004, African historical archaeologies, Contributions to global historical archaeology., ed. C. E. Orser, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York; Boston; Dordrecht [etc.].
37 Rodgers, BA 2004, The archaeologist's manual for conservation : a guide to non-toxic, minimal intervention artifact stabilization, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
38 Rose-Redwood, RS 2010, 'Genealogies of the Grid: Revisiting Stanislawski's Search for the Origin of the Grid-Pattern Town', Geographical Review, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 42-58.
39 Rossignol, J & Wandsnider, L 1992, 'Space, time, and archaeological landscapes', Plenum Press, New York.
40 Ruppé, C & Barstad, J 2002, International handbook of underwater archaeology, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
41 Schávelzon, D 2002, The Historical Archaeology of Buenos Aires a City at the End of the World, Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York.
42 Shackel, PA 1996, Culture change and the new technology : an archaeology of the early American industrial era, Plenum Press, New York.
43 ——— 2002, Archaeology and Created Memory Public History in a National Park, Springer US, Boston, MA.
44 Sinopoli, CM 1991, Approaches to archaeological ceramics, Plenum Press, New York.
45 South, SA 1994, Pioneers in historical archaeology : breaking new ground, Plenum Press, New York.
46 ——— 2002, Historical archaeology in Wachovia excavating eighteenth-century Bethabara and Moravian pottery, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
47 Souza, DJ 1998, The persistence of sail in the age of steam : underwater archaeological evidence from the Dry Tortugas, Plenum Press, New York.
48 Spencer-Wood, SM 1987, 'Consumer Choice in Historical Archaeology', Plenum Press, New York.
49 Staniforth, M 2003, Material culture and consumer society : dependent colonies in colonial Australia, Plenum series in underwater archaeology., ed. J. Barto Arnold, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
50 Velde, B & Druc, IC 1999, Archaeological ceramic materials : origin and utilization, Springer, Berlin; New York.
51 Wall, Dd 1994, The archaeology of gender : separating the spheres in urban America, Plenum Press, New York.
52 Williams, RL 2003, French botany in the enlightenment : the ill-fated voyages of La Pérouse and his rescuers, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

Thanks Springer and thanks to the SHA for letting everyone know.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Coleraine Junction again

I blogged about Coleraine Junction in December 2012 and since then nothing much has happened. I have been gradually been amassing information – historical and mapping.
Hamilton 1 inch 1942
For example here is the site on the 1942 inch to the mile map.
I have also been looking at the Working Time Tables that cover Coleraine Junction. There are three lines – one little used line to Penshurst and Warrnambool, the branch to Coleraine and the main line to Portland and Mount Gambier. In addition as the depot for Hamilton was situated at Coleraine Junction there would be light engines going to and from Hamilton. When you put all that together Coleraine Junction would have been quite a busy box.   
Last weekend (June 2015) I was in the area for a workshop and arranged with Jane to spend some time at the site of Coleraine Junction. Of course it is heavily altered and there is little original fabric left except for some culverts and concrete facing but i was able to get a feel for the setting of the signal box. To do this I took about 100 photos and made field plans and sketches.
Coleraine Jnct 2015  004 ed
This is the site of the signal box taken from the (new) bridge looking roughly south east. The signal box was roughly where the bush is growing. The open flat area above was the site of a Departmental Residence.
Coleraine Jnct 2015  015 ed
This is the view from the Coleraine branch looking towards the junction. The trees would form a useful block behind the track and in front of the sky.
Coleraine Jnct 2015  035 ed
Looking north at Coleraine Junction from the Penshurst line, note the trees, landscape and a culvert in the mid-ground. 
This is only a selection of the 100 odd images but it does help crystallise some design elements. The embankment and cutting and bridge would at the Hamilton end would form one end. The Departmental residence, fence and trees would form one side  and more trees could be used with modelling license to screen tracks and the loco depot.
This layout would not be a shunting layout but one with a passage of trains through the junction  (accompanied by the appropriate bell codes of course) which would allow for a display of a collection of rolling stock and locomotives.
I am now going to look for a good quality aerial image and then try and sketch out a design.
(Note this post was written around the time that Google disabled Live Writers functionality and Microsoft did nothing, now it seems to be fixed).

The Eiffel Tower at night

Back of card


We were in Paris in Auguest-September 2015 and on our last day we did the Eiffel Tower. We chose the late afternoon/evening to start our climb with the result that we were at the top (after 720 steps) as the setting sun picked out the surounding suburbs. We stopped for dinner on the way down and then we climbed down the steps through the lit structure of the tower which gave this amazing effect of mechano gone wild. The light picks out the detail of this amazing structure.

Paris 2385

Live Writer is back

Hopefully this post will mean that Live Writer is back.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Google’s pain in the arse

I use Liver Writer for this blog. Imagine my surprise having written my first blog for 12 months to find that about a week ago Google changed some settings and locked out everyone (and there are a lot of people using this program) using Live Writer.

What a complete and under pain in the arse.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A different view

Going to tech workshops is a bit like getting fundamentalist religion; people preach at you, show you a shining new future and you go away raving about it to your slightly bored friends (or at least I think that's what happens I’s an Anglican we rarely get that excited).
So to the tech day run by United Positioning Group the Australian distributor of all things Trimble. I actually like hearing about new items and the fun that can be had with point clouds even if I am the only non-surveyor in the room. So coming down from the mountain let me tell you about the fun I had with the UAV’s. 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or as they are called by the ignorant are drones but they offer a cheap and effective way to quickly obtain aerial imagery and contours by combining GPS technology and cameras to produce digital surface models and orthophoto mosaics in visible light (default camera) or composite infrared light (CIR camera). Trimble offers two the small UX 5 and the X100. Typically they are black and look rather like Thunderbird 2.
Paul Standen UPG’s National Geospatial Manager has been introducing this technology and working through the rules with CASA so that they can operate legally and within safe parameters. This involved licencing the owners of the UAV’s and the operators.
Last years demonstration was aborted due to bad weather this year the clouds parted and Paul offered to pop down to Parramatta Park for a demo. I was keen and with Paul and three others we headed off. “I have a project in Parramatta Park” I ventured, great said Paul I’ll fly that.
Parramatta Park, I should explain, was part of the area that post-contact settlers were moved to in 1789 when it began to be apparent that the sandy soils around Sydney Cove were not suitable to agriculture. Exploration along the Parramatta River found a suitable site at “the Crescent” and a farming community of convicts was quickly established there. Parramatta Park  contains evidence of this early farming activity.
The time from arriving at the site, finding a car park and setting up for a flight was between 15-20min.
Parramatta Park General  003 ed
This is what the area looked like a grassy field with limited surface visibility.
The flying is autonomous that it once it is set up the plane will fly its route automatically and land once done. You don't “fly” the UAV you plan the mission by putting in some parameters and safety options and launch the plane. The UAV flew the mission in 9 minutes.
After retrieving the plan and packing up we went on our way and Paul downloaded that date and processed it in about 30min and had it in a Dropbox file for sharing. I was probably still on the train home.
What did we see -
Well us, and
A series of intriguing marks -  clearly a structure of some sort; various paths and drains and crop marks.
and of course contours
UPG Map contours
I could take Paul’s images and drop them directly into ArcGIS as they were geo-referenced and then overlay some historic aerial over them and do all the other GIS type things.
How cool was that – quick. easy with little set up time and processing time – the costs are well within the budget of an EIS or larger Heritage Assessment. With one flight we saw things which are not readily visible on the standard aerial such as Google Earth.
I have seen the flight Brothers and Sisters , I have seen the flight.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Shale Oil Works at Newnes

Newnes, in the Wolgan Valley, was the site of a large scale shale oil production facility which operated between 1906 and 1937. The plant exploited deposits of oil shale or torbanite which were exposed in the sides of the Wolgan Valley associated with coal deposits. The deep valley exposes over 300m of Narrabeen group sediments and underneath this are the Illawarra Coal Measures which had a mixture of coal seams and a seam of oil shale about 60m below the start of the Illawarra Coal measures (i.e. c360m below the top of the valley sides). This seam is found in the Wolgan Valley and in the neighbouring Capertee Valley where the Glen Davis shale oil works were found.


Looking into the Wolgan Valley

Although there was some earlier mining and exploration in the Valley, it was not until 1906 when the Commonwealth Oil Corporation began operations that the shale oil began to be commercially exploited. The Commonwealth Oil Corporation bought the New South Wales Shale Oil Company in 1906 who seem to have had some works erected at Newnes and moved its operations from its site at Torbane and erected an elaborate works and a 51 km long tramway from the Main Western Line at Clarence. The company erected a larger plant at Newnes in 1907-09 with the shale being treated at its Hartley Vale plant from 1906 –1909.

From the start the project was plagued by labour issues (one strike lasted seven months) and lack of capital. There was also the question of imports of “foreign oil” which the company wanted “tariff protection” from. There were also technical problems with the retorts when they were finally completed in July 1911.

Solving the technical problems and continuous industrial problems put an end to the Commonwealth Oil Company as it simply ran out of capital. However the receivers under the technical leadership of Mr John Fell modified the retorts and production slowly was resumed in late 1915.

Production continued until 1922 when the the works closed again this time for good.


The coke ovens of which there were 90 were a success supplying metallurgical quality coke to the Great Cobar refining works and the Hoskins steel works at Lithgow .


This is the remains of the Paraffin sheds (quite what they did I haven't discovered as yet). This was clearly a substantial structure with a reinforced concrete floor.


These are retaining walls around the site of the retorts. the retorts were removed and re-erected at the Glen Davis site.


These are remains of the Naptha plant



The site is owned by NPWS and there is a walking trail and interpretation provided. Here we see members of the Institution of Engineers, Heritage Section reading the sign!!

Where we went

In company with other industrial heritage enthusiasts I inspected the site on the 23rd March 2013 and the site plan shows our track. There is quite a bit to see and lots to understand about the processes on the site. It was a bit difficult to take it all in on one visit especially as it rained just as we got to the site.