The Vrije Universiteit (VU) has designed a repository for datasets on Dutch amateur metaldetector finds. The aim of PAN is to document and publish finds of archaeological interest, mainly those of metal, found by members of the general public and in private collections. By publishing the collections online, the objects and their find locations are made available for heritage purposes, academic research, museums, and members of the general public to enjoy. The finds range from coins to weaponry and brooches. DANS allows long term archiving of PAN’s repository and creates accessibility through portals such as ARIADNE and Europeana. A great number of finds are accessible through EASY, such as a remarkable find of a bronze wild boar figurine, as depicted in the picture.
Dutch Data Prize
The PAN-project was awarded the Dutch Data Prize 2018 (Nederlandse Dataprijs 2018). The Dutch Data Prize is awarded every two years to a researcher of research group who makes extra contributions to science by making research data available for (additional) research.
Do you want to know more on the remarkable find, you can find the dataset in EASY. Visit the website of PAN for additional project information. For more information on last year’s winners of the Dutch Data Prize 2018, click here.
image source: https://www.portable-antiquities.nl/pan/#/object/public/PAN-00001571 licensed under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/