British Museum Bronze Age Index Drawer B8

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This application will help the British Museum's curator of the Bronze Age collections, Neil Wilkin, to make available a huge card catalog of British prehistoric metal artefacts discovered in the 19th and 20th century. This information has long been known to be an extremely important untapped resource. Metal finds are not only crucial forms of evidence for dating Britain's prehistoric past, but also tell us a great deal about prehistoric society and economy. Digitising the thousands of objects in this catalog will make these records publicly available via their incorporation into the Portable Antiquities Scheme website. The result will be the largest national database of prehistoric metal finds anywhere in the world and a near comprehensive view of what we currently know about such finds in the UK.

The cards have been scanned and uploaded to Flickr, and it is from there that the current application will retrieve and manipulate the scans. These cards contain some fairly standardised kinds of information: about where the artefact was discovered, its dimensions, a longer description of what it looks like, etc.

What the research team would like people to do, is to transcribe the details from each section on the card into some pre-determined fields, and also to attempt to geo-reference the object via its place of discovery.

Thank you!

Lucy Ellis, Jos Kleijne, stacytg, Angelina Lawrence, Steve Markofsky, Francois Grey, Nestor Santos, Helen Bowen, Joe Roe, Hugh Fiske, Germaine V. Hein, James Kirton, Helen Dawson, Kayt Armstrong, Emily Harwood, Anne Carey, Tansy Branscombe, Melissa A. Crossley Trease, Helen Daniel, Siobhan Matthews, Megan Steady, Thorrin Jonsson, Michael, Susanne Jaillet, mumkin, Simon Kidner, livius drusus, Penny Doulgeris, Ernst Schnell, Annie Delyth Stratton, Deoksu Kim, Johnathan Farris, Jenny Millar, Michael Houghton, Joseph Orlando (Einstein), Jared Obermeyer, Christopher Carpenter, Megan Koepke, Nicky Garland, Jerry Glover, Joanne Mallia, Kate Dougherty, Cheryl Ellsworth, Camila Paglione, Caroline, Caroline Chestnutt, Peter Helliwell, Kris Lindquist, Mary Thomson, Anne Dobriko, Walter Butler, Teddy Julius, Alexandra, Alejandro Crespo, Maria Törmä, Kerstin Michaels, Justin Allen H, Chelsea McMullan, Geert Verhoeven, Christopher Marchand, Scott Noyes, Shawn Bursey, Elaine Dale, Leah MacFarlane, Ksenia Broda-Milian, Katy Emslie, Jeff Okazaki, Evon V Jacobsen, Eugenio Piasini, Tracey Logan, Laura B, Jennifer Roberts, Margaret McMillan, Ayşe Nur Kara, Mona Petre, matt stanford, Dominic E. Lacasse, Mandolin, Karin Vermooten, Elizabeth Kidera, Heather McLane, Angela Beddows, Sarah Majors, Caroline Clavell, Hillary Ryde-Collins, Bob Nebrig, Andrew Garrison, Silke Juppenlatz, Ross Blau, Carrie Benjamin, David Levinson, Corene Linville, Merit Glover, Sylvia Bates, Joseph Koivisto, Rosemary Hooker, taphovenatrix, Andrew Murphy, Jan Taylor, David Dawson, Terry Jackson-Baker, Sophia Helen, stephanie vickers, Bianca Cabrera, Louise, Latifa Walker, Valeska Becker, Teresa Silva, Rebecca Gunnill, Joellen mcGann, Holden, Craig Horton, Jeanette Goben, Dennis Williams, Janice Parr, Dina, Miles Deverson and other anonymous contributors.

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