Recording public archaeological discoveryPresentation Transcript
Recording public archaeological discovery
in a democratic manner.
Objects by year
449,359 objects online @ 23:20 26/2/10 – 400K in 7 years!
Research in progress
23 PhDs - 3 based at UCL
6 AHRC projects - 1 at UCL
24 personal research
You could join these researchers - ask me
All PAS records mapped using GIS
New database built in house
2 servers cost £7,000 Server consultancy cost £2,000 No other money spent
Enhanced geo data via flickr shapefiles
& Yahoo! geoplanet
Dots colours indicate workflow stage – green ones are fully verified.
Omphalos base and
indentations can be seen
New functions – data sourcing for
Uses wide range of
3rd party data
If errors found
and we get the
Draw in data from dbpedia
Pull data from our database
and the BM collections online
to teach numismatics
Parliamentary data via Hansard
• Can find out if an MP or Peer has ever spoken
• Can find all archaeological monuments and
public discoveries in their constituency's
• We can approach those who haven’t been
supportive of the Scheme or archaeology if their
area is highly productive
• We can raise our political profile!
• Any other heritage body can use this as a tool!
Guardian news articles about PAS
Create a searchable archive of stories
Rurality of coin distributions?
PhD student at the Institute
comparing static data from
PAS, HERs and coin hoard
reports to produce a
synthesised map to update
Richard Reece’s study of
Roman coin finds. This will
change our knowledge of
Roman Britain to a ruralised
This is obviously Stonehenge, and no we don’t have any recorded metal
detector activity here. The above just demonstrates the Google Earth plugin on
our new database. If you’re interested this is WOEID 26351828 and is 87
metres above sea level.
Variety of formats to view
We can limit zoom interface Obfuscate the findspot
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