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  • Recording public archaeological discovery in a democratic manner. dpett@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
  • 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 36 Masters 18 Undergraduates 12 internal 24 personal research You could join these researchers - ask me afterwards
  • 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 enhancement Uses wide range of 3rd party data sources Extensive data revisions Linked data
  • If errors found can feedback and we get the benefit. No duplication of efforts!
  • Draw in data from dbpedia for reuse 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 about archaeology • Can find all archaeological monuments and public discoveries in their constituency's bounding box • 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 landscape.
  • 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
  • Flickr love
  • The end. Visit our new website from 1st week in April @ www.finds.org.uk Contact me: dpett@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk