Gavin Baily and The British Museum
Gavin Baily, Tracemedia Projects Ltd
Daniel Pett, The British Museum
Mapping Portable Antiquities
Taking the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme, an online database of archaeological finds made in the UK, as a case study Gavin Baily, of Tracemedia Projects Ltd, prototyped and realised a new web-based interactive map. Utilising software initially developed to visualise large scale social media datasets Baily’s work organised one section of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s collection.
On the 19th of February 2014 Lost Change was launched. Online users can identify the find locations of 135,198 coins discovered in the UK. The coins can be filtered by their origin: Iron Age, Greek & Roman, Roman Britain, Byzantine, Early Medieval and Post Medieval. Or users can break down the dataset by date and material, cross referencing which ruler minted the coin. Coins can even be traced back to their originating mint.
For Tracemedia Projects Ltd the collaboration has resulted in useful insights into museum research aims, developed network opportunities with archaeological and mapping experts, created the chance to learn about resources and databases used by research communities and developed new technical skills and software platforms.
For the British Museum it has created another element to their highly successful and innovative Portable Antiquities Scheme.
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