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Towards an Online Database for Archaeological Landscapes. Using the Web Based, Open Source Software OpenAtlas for the Acquisition, Analysis and Dissemination of Archaeological and Historical Data on a Landscape Basis

by 1,2,*,† and 1,†
1
Natural History Museum Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Austria
2
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Heritage 2020, 3(4), 1385-1401; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040077
Received: 13 October 2020 / Revised: 5 November 2020 / Accepted: 13 November 2020 / Published: 17 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Feature Papers)
In this paper, we present the web-based, open source software OpenAtlas, which uses the International Council of Museums’ Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM), and its possible future potential for the acquisition, analysis and dissemination of a wide range of archaeological and historical data on a landscape basis. To this end, we will first introduce the ongoing research project The Anthropological and Archaeological Database of Sepultures (THANADOS), built upon OpenAtlas, as well as its data model and interactive web interface/presentation frontend. Subsequently, the article will then discuss the possible extension of this database of early medieval cemeteries with regard to the integration of further archaeological structures (e.g., medieval settlements, fortifications, field systems and traffic routes) and other data, such as historical maps, aerial photographs and airborne laser scanning data. Finally, the paper will conclude with the general added value for future research projects by such a collaborative and web-based approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeology; archaeological prospection; bioarchaeology; digital humanities; GIS; landscape archaeology; medieval history archaeology; archaeological prospection; bioarchaeology; digital humanities; GIS; landscape archaeology; medieval history
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Filzwieser, R.; Eichert, S. Towards an Online Database for Archaeological Landscapes. Using the Web Based, Open Source Software OpenAtlas for the Acquisition, Analysis and Dissemination of Archaeological and Historical Data on a Landscape Basis. Heritage 2020, 3, 1385-1401. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040077

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Filzwieser R, Eichert S. Towards an Online Database for Archaeological Landscapes. Using the Web Based, Open Source Software OpenAtlas for the Acquisition, Analysis and Dissemination of Archaeological and Historical Data on a Landscape Basis. Heritage. 2020; 3(4):1385-1401. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040077

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Filzwieser, Roland; Eichert, Stefan. 2020. "Towards an Online Database for Archaeological Landscapes. Using the Web Based, Open Source Software OpenAtlas for the Acquisition, Analysis and Dissemination of Archaeological and Historical Data on a Landscape Basis" Heritage 3, no. 4: 1385-1401. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040077

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