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.
Lucy Ellis, Hugh Fiske, Jared Obermeyer, Cheryl Ellsworth, Mary Thomson, Elaine Dale, Jeff Okazaki, Terry Jackson-Baker, Latifa Walker, Joellen mcGann, Peggy Green, Dina, Miles Deverson, scruffyarcher, Anne Richmond-Patrick, Margaret Ellen Joy, Taissa Csaky, Nina Sharman, Tim Mudie, Jane Fellows, Luis Kohl, Claire_M, Soph Davies, Tom Hill, Rhiannon Davies, Chris Moss, Mandy Rowan Crawford, Lee Kossin, Mathew Chambers, Swantje Dogunke, Elaine Kelly, Helena Fox, Laura, Sonsoles García González, Shane Grant, Sarah Read, Denis Antoine, Σεραφείμ Μισιρλόγλου, Tom Blackie, Olga Michalaka, David McCutchen, Luke Miller and several anonymous contributors.