Umeå University
News and events from the SEAD project
and partners
(Publications are available here, and selected presentation details + files here)

5.4 million Swedish kronor in funding has been awarded to the VISEAD project - a parallel project building on the SEAD infrastructure. See press release here (more information to come...).

Conference announcement! 9-11th November 2015: 3rd National Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Sweden (CAA-SE) in Umeå - the home of SEAD. See and Call for Papers.

SEAD is currently ticking over in a bug fixing and qaulity control phase. Expect big things from the software soon!

Current events


The online facetted browser, QSEAD, is now released as an alpha phase system at At the moment there are a number of bugs and visual aspects to sort out before this becomes a truly powerful research tool. It does, however, give access to the raw data from about 1500 sites, and allow filtering by various spatial, taxonomic (e.g. species) and environmental parameters. You can also save any view (e.g. all sites from the UK and Ireland), and aggregate results at various levels for export to other software for spatial analysis.

Over the next few months we will be migrating SEAD to new servers to try and compensate for some of the slow response times. Please bear in ming though, that if you ask QSEAD to aggregate 'all records from Sweden' for example, this will take time and use a lot of your system's memory. Your browser might crash too...

CyberNABO SEAD is engaged in the NSF funded CyberNABO network for integrating multiple data sources for North Atlantic Archaeology. See for more information.
Downloads The SEAD desktop software for data entry, management and retrieval is now avialable for testing, along with a draft quick start guide, at our downloads page.


A selection of past events (see also conference & seminar sections below)


SEAD is taking part in a cultural heritage data hack in Gotland, hosted by The Swedish National Heritage Board and featuring HUMlab, the Swedish National Library (Riksantikvarieämbetet) and The National Archives (Riksarkivet).

The aim is simply to link together as much relevant data as possible! From the SEAD point of view, this will form the basis for future research orientated connections between environmental archaeology data and other cultural heritage data. In time, this will provide for the development of more powerful research and analysis tools and improve the accessibility to data across multiple research fields.


Seminar, in Swedish: Lars Lundqvist & Malin Blomkvist, Raä
”FMIS, LOD, API, UGC mfl. Hur kulturarvsdata blir användbara och tillgängliga för alla”
Rum D108, humanisthuset, Umeå universitet Ingen föranmälan krävs

Dagen därefter kommer vi att hålla en mindre workshop om ”Databasutveckling: dataflöden, visualisering etc.” i HUMlab. Nivån kommer att ligga högt på det tekniska sidan och det gäller att man kan sina akronymer för att kunna ha nyttja av workshoppen. Vi kommer att ägna en hel del tid åt att diskutera hur man praktiskt kopplar miljöarkeologiska data med andra arkeologiska data. Ni som är intresserade av att delta i denna ärligt talat mer nördiga workshopen får gärna ta kontakt med mig i förväg.

2012 CAA-SE Workshop on digital databases in archaeology. RAÄ Stockholm.

CMF-seminarium, Centrum för Miljövetenskaplig Forskning, Umeå, Sweden [Centre for Environmental Research].
Presentation: Miljöarkeologi och digital humanities, tvärvetenskapligt samarbete mellan MAL & HUMlab. [Environmental archaeology and digital humanities, multidisciplinary collaboration between MAL and HUMlab]

2012 Collaboration with the Lund labs: The Laboratory for Ceramic Research and Nationella laboratoriet för vedanatomi och dendrokronologi (National laboratory for wood anatomy and dendrochronology).
2012 Nordforsk workshop on funding Nordic Centers of Excellence for eClimate and eEnvironment, Arlanda, Sweden. Nordic Grand Challenge Research Programme on eScience in Climate and Environmental research
2011 SEAD has received more funding! The SEAD project now has secure funding until 2014 thanks to a second Swedish Research Council database infrastructure grant, and the continued co-financing provided by The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Faculty of Arts, Umeå University.
May 2011 Swedish archaeology subject conference in Umeå, Sweden.
April 2011 Prof. Maurizio Forte from the University of California, Merced, held a seminar and workshop in HUMlab. See HUMlab's website for details.
Cyberarchaeology: A Post-Virtual Perspective HUMlab April 27th, kl. 13:15
Avaratizing the Past: Why, How, and What? HUMlab April 28th, kl. 13:00-15:00
April 2011 HUMlab postdoc seminars at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden.
Early 2011 Various database collaboration meetings in Umeå, Stockholm (Sweden) and York (ADS) (UK).
Sept 2010 Workshop: Launching Phase 2 of the Neotoma Paleocommunity Database”, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
May 2010 Research visit to Penn State University, State College, USA:
Phil & Erik will visit research partners at Penn State to discuss the development of online tools and palaeoenvironmental/archaeological teaching systems.

Oct 2009

Initiation workshop for a network for the development of analysis and visualisation tools for database orientated environmental archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic studies. See Conference & workshop participation below.
HUMlab, Umeå, Sweden.

May 2009 The SEAD Project was presented by Patrik Svensson as a part of the showcase presentation during the opening of HUMlab 2 expansion, in Umeå, illustrating a potential use of the screenscape environment and large dimension touch screen. See the SEAD tools page for more details.

April 2009

Philip Buckland took part in the evaluation of The Swedish Research Council's Database Infrastructure (DISC) funding stream, as an invited participant in discussions with the review panel.


Conference & workshop participation (more details and some files available here)
2012 Russell Coope Memorial Lectures. Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Presentation: The Bugs database - 1000 sites and half a million fossils later.
2012 CAA, Computer Applications in Archaeology. Southampton, UK. Presentation: SEAD - The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database. Inter-linking multiproxy environmental data with archaeological investigations and ecology
17-19 August 2011 NORDIC ARCHAEOBOTANICAL GROUP meeting, Vadstena, Sweden (contact Karin Viklund for more information)
20-27 July 2011 INQUA conference, Bern, Switzerland. At least two presentations using SEAD and/or BugsCEP in their underlying analyses (we also noticed a couple of posters using data from Bugs).
30 March – 3 April 2011 SAA 76th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, USA.
Archaeological Cartographies Symposium.
Philip Buckland: Mapping, querying and presenting multiproxy environmental archaeology
February 19-20 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival: Modern Answers to Ancient Mysteries & DIG Event, York Archaeological Trust, York, UK.
Philip Buckland:
Presentation: What was bugging the Vikings: Beetles, parasites and environments in the Viking Age
Demonstration: Insects under the microscope
Neotoma consortium meeting.
Department of Geography and Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Planning the next stage in the development of the international palaeoecological database system Neotoma.
October 26-28
FQAS 2009 - Flexible Query Answering Systems, Eighth International Conference, Roskilde, Denmark
Fredrik Palm: Abstracting query building for multi-entity faceted browsing
October 5-11
Initiation workshop for a network for the development of analysis and visualisation tools for database orientated environmental archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic studies.
Environmental Archaeology Lab and HUMlab, Umeå, Sweden
Jan 31 - Feb 1
Neotoma database collaboration workshop.
Washington DC, USA.
For more information on the Neotoma project, see
January 5-7
QRA Annual Discussion Meeting: The human dimension in rapid environmental change
Research Laboratory for Archaeology.
University of Oxford, UK.
Session 5: High precision records of abrupt climatic change in the Holocene
Buckland, P.I. et al. Integrating proxy archives for archaeology and palaeoenvironmental science: SEAD - The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database
November 20-22
SAMIARC-conference, Sami History and Prehistory: Archaeological Perspectives from Late Neolithic to Present Time.
St Petersburg, Russia.
Viklund, K. et al. A new database for environmental archaeology - implications for Sami history and prehistory
October 8-10
Human Dimensions in the Circumpolar Arctic: An Interdisciplinary Conference under the Auspices of the International Polar Year.
Umeå University, Sweden.
Buckland, P.I. et al. Integrating Human Dimensions of Palaeoenvironmental Science: SEAD - The Strategic Environmental Archeology Database
August 15-17
Lammi, Finland.
Viklund, K. et al. A new database for environmental archaeology - implications for archaeobotany
February 18-20
Late Neogene Terrestrial Ecosystem Database Workshop
Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Buckland, P.I. et al. BugsCEP - The Coleopteran Ecology Package
Buckland, P.I. et al. SEAD - The Strategic Environmental Archeology Database

Seminars (more details and some files available here)
March 10th
GIS and Landscape-seminars, Rethinking Human Nature, Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  Philip Buckland: SEAD The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database
October 14th
Seminar at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
, Umeå, Sweden.
Phil Buckland: Palaeoenvironmental and climate reconstruction from fossil insect remains.
October 7th
HUMlab seminar
Umeå University, Sweden.
Developing tools for mining, mapping and visualising scientific data

Stuart Dunn: The GeoParser Tool - the digitzation and historical georeferencing of text documents

Brian Bills: Integrating geospatial technologies and rich interactive web application development for information exploration and decision support tools

George Otto: Visualization for research and education.

September 9th
Seminar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Umeå, Sweden.
  Phil Buckland: E-science tools for improving our understanding of past human-nature interactions - The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database.
November 26
HUMlab seminar
Umeå University, Sweden.
Buckland, P. I. et al. SEAD – The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database.


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