Umeå University
The SEAD project is a collaboration between The Environmental Archaeology Lab and HUMlab, at Umeå University in Sweden. The team is also working with, or under the guidance of, a number of national and international groups.
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Infrastructural links
Archlab consortium

SEAD is the official database infrastructure of ArchLab - The Consortium of Swedish Archaeological Research Laboratories. The consortium is a joint collaborative venture of six high profile archaeological research laboratories. It aims to unite their forces into a single Swedish national resource for scientific methods in archaeology and thereby facilitating novel and ground-breaking research, and ensuring the availability and accessibility of existing and emerging methods.

ArchLab is a partnership between:
AFL - Arkeologiska forskningslaboratoriet, Archaeological Research Lab,
Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University.
GAL - Geoarkeologiskt Laboratoriet, Geoarchaeological Laboratory,
Swedish National Heritage Board, Uppsala.
KFL - Keramiska forskningslaboratoriet, Laboratory for Ceramic Research,
Department of Geology, Lund University.
MAL - Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet, Environmental Archaeology Lab.
Department Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies, Umeå University.
Tandem - Tandem Laboratory,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University.
VDL - Nationella laboratoriet för vedanatomi och dendrokronologi, National laboratory for wood anatomy and dendrochronology,
Department of Geology, Lund University.


Financers & Hosts
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The SEAD infrastructure has been funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) under the Database InfraStructure Committee (DISC) and Council for Research Infrastructures (RFI) as part of a national drive to advance high quality, accessible, scientific research cyberinfrastructures and encourage data use and re-use. (Grant numbers 2007-7494 and 2010-5976).

VR also provided a planning grant in 2005 which lay the foundations for the project (grant number 2005-5745).

Umeå University logo The SEAD project is hosted by Umeå University. Situated in the center of Northern Sweden (Lat 64°-Long 22°). Its geographical location and position within the administrative capital of the North makes it an ideal place for scientific research and education. In particular, the situation creates a wealth of possibilities for enhancing our understanding of Nordic Archaeology and prehistory throughout Scandinavia and the neighbouring countries. Sweden's excellent internet-infrastructure provides an excellent base for developing and providing cyber-infrastructures.
Department Co-financing of University overheads is provided in an agreement between the SEAD project and the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
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The Environmental Archaeology Lab has been operating as a National Resource since 1993, and has built up a solid foundation for the scientific study of environmental archaeology. A wide range of sampling equipment is housed at the lab and the staff are skilled in most types of investigation, from research design to final reporting.
The lab is based at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, at Umeå University.

HUMlab logo HUMlab is an interdisciplinary IT environment on the cutting edge of the digital humanities, and acts as a research network node and skills providor, facilitating communication between the SEAD team and related projects and groups. A number of SEAD's staff are employed by HUMlab.
Lund University Work on systems analysis and digitalization of ceramics and dendrochronology data has been hosted by The Department of Geology at Lund University, including the funding of a post-doc position and co-financing of the dendrochronology pilot project.


Data Sources & Contributors
MAL dataset The MAL environmental archaeology dataset has been accumulated over 30 years of consultancy and research at the Environmental Archaeology Lab in Umeå, in collaboration with numerous research partners and contractors. The data consist of a wide variety of proxy data from prospection, site analyses, research excavations and experimental farming, among other things. The MAL dataset will form the bulk of the initial SEAD data.
BugsCEP front page BugsCEP is a database, research and teaching aid for palaeoentomology, entomology and ecology. As well as fossil data, modern habitat and distribution data, it includes tools for climate and environmental reconstruction, and facilities for storing site based abundance/collection data. Bugs is built around a comprehensive database of beetle ecology and European fossil records which has been accumulated over the past 20 years.
BugsCEP will be incorporated into SEAD and made available online.
QBib The Bibliography of Quaternary Entomology, compiled by P.C. Buckland, G. R. Coope & J. P. Sadler, will be made available online via the SEAD interface. This will allow the seamless browsing of data associated with or forming the basis for many publications.
PCB Bibliography Paul Buckland has made his extensive bibliography of references for archaeology and Quaternary science available for inclusion and distribution through the SEAD interface.
Ceramic Research The Laboratory for Ceramic Research, Lund University engaged a post-doctoral researcher, working with the core SEAD team and Anders Lindahl at Lund, to evaluate the use of SEAD for ceramics research data. The project resulted in the ingestion of ceramic thin section data into SEAD and the results are published in Eriksson & Lindahl 2013 (see publications).
Lund wood anatomy and dendro lab The Swedish National laboratory for wood anatomy and dendrochronology has facilitated the collation and ingestion of a pilot dataset for the Swedish region of Småland. The results are published in Meissner et al. 2012 (see publications). This test dataset provides a proof of concept for the ingestion of the rest of the lab's legacy data.
A call for contributions! If you would like to contribute to SEAD, either in terms of data or software development, and see your research benefit from an early involvement in the project, then please contact Phil Buckland.

Special thanks go to the following organisations for their help in locating and retrieving data from a miriad of site reports:

Dalarnas museum
Norbottens museum
UV Syd
Sydsvensk arkeologi
Västerbottens museum
Jönköpings länsmuseum
Rio Kulturkooperativ
Kroppedals Museum, Danmark
UV Väst
Bohusläns museum

(Apologies for anyone we have left off the list - please let us know!)

Developers & Contractors
MAL logo HUMlab logo

SEAD is currently using in house developers from the Environmental Archaeology Lab, HUMlab and ICT Services and System Development (ITS) at Umeå University.

Aspects of data aquisition and ingestion are being supervised by staff at the The Laboratory for Ceramic Research and National laboratory for wood anatomy and dendrochronology in Lund.

See People for more information on the SEAD team.


Research Partners & Related Projects
Neotoma logo Neotoma is a multiproxy database that includes fossil data for the past 5 million years, the time during which modern species, including humans, and modern ecosystems appeared. The initial database aggregates the Global Pollen Database, FAUNMAP, the North American Plant Macrofossil Database, and a fossil beetle database into a single integrated database. The SEAD project is coordinating with the Neotoma team, and the SEAD project director is an active member of the Neotoma global consortium.
QVIS logo QVIZ is a project started in order to bring users a single entry point to the archives of Europe. A common starting point that allows browsing of the archival resources through time and space using a dynamic map or contextual categories.
Members of the QVIS team are working in the SEAD project.
BugsCEP front page BugsCEP is continually being added to by Paul Buckland, and will be run parallel to SEAD until all of its comprehensive list of features are transfered to the SEAD system.
Ariadne Logo Ariadne is an EU 7th Framework programme to unite European archaeological data sources. SEAD is active within the Scientific Data Special Interest Group.


Related Projects
EPD The European Pollen Database. is one of the world's leading palaeoenvironmental databases and provides an array of online tools for data retreival.
WODAN The Discovery Programme,, is the Irish institute for advanced archaeological research. It has sponsored and hosted the WODAN project,, with funding from the Heritage Council’s Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) programme. WODAN aims to develop an on-line archaeological wood and charcoal database for Ireland, and work towards the standardization of methodologies with intenational partners.
DATED Dated aims to provide accurate digital maps with isochrones of the Eurasian deglaciation pattern to modellers and other researchers, and to facilitate future re-interpretation of the deglaciation pattern, online.
Archaeological Data Services, UK Archaeological Data Services, the UK repository and resource for all data archaeological.


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