This application will help the British Museum's curator of the Bronze Age collections, Neil Wilkin, to make available a huge card catalogue 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 catalogue 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, Jos Kleijne, Hugh Fiske, Cheryl Ellsworth, Mary Thomson, Elaine Dale, Jeff Okazaki, Joseph Koivisto, Bianca Cabrera, Latifa Walker, Valeska Becker, Joellen mcGann, Dina Fathalla, scruffyarcher, Margaret Ellen Joy, Tim Mudie, Jane Fellows, Swantje Dogunke, John Marr, Denis Antoine, Andrew Parkinson, Heidi Lund, Raest Wylde, Maruta Purvina, Maragkaki Froso, Maria Christakou, Christopher Wai, Susan Magyarody, Wilhelmina Bunn, Billie Randle, Danielle Haigh-Wood, Jimena Bordes, Rachael Sparks, Wesley Church, Michael George Adams, Elizabeth Dale, Dianne Illsley, Lynn Cornelius, Juliet Taylor, Sarah Allana Reynolds, Lucas Suter, Franck Pasqualini, Gillian Barnes, Stephanie Choy, Robert Brockman, Jeff Anderson, Frances Bagnall, Tracey Tomashpol, David Christensen, Patricia Townend, Zack Broderick, Darren Kinsman, Scott Benson, Craig Allen Carr, Jeffrey Vogatts and other anonymous contributors for completing this application.
> Opening the treasures of the Bronze Age to the widest public is why I get up, I would love your help: <http://t.co/q7eWlIrD9j>
> -- Neil Wilkin (@NWilkinBM) April 16, 2014