Geographical scope

The initial geographical scope is primarily Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe, reflecting the contents of the initial main data sources: The Environmental Archaeology Lab (MAL) at Umeå University, and the BugsCEP dataset.  Further partnerships are being established in order to incorporate or collaborate with other datasets in the future, and a data exchange/mirroring partnership exists with the internationally renowned Neotoma paleoecology database and community. A long term plan is for SEAD form the national database infrastructure for a Consortium of Archaeological Research Laboratories (ArchLab).

As part of the VISEAD project data from three of the members of ArchLab will be ingested during a 3-year period. These labs are The Laboratory for Ceramic Research and The Swedish National laboratory for wood anatomy and dendrochronology at Lund University, and The Archaeological Research Lab at Stockholm University.

The pictures below give an indication of the geographical scope of the data currently in, or being processed for ingestion into, SEAD. With time all of these datasets and more will be available online as virtual constiutent databases.


Currently in SEAD


There are currently 1 655 sites in SEAD, with 15 000 datasets connected to them.

The full extent of sites currently in SEAD



MAL Dataset

Data held by the Environmental Archaeology Lab, Umeå:

The distribution of sites in the MAL dataset



Bugs dataset

The BugsCEP fossil insect database:

The distribution of sites in the Bugs dataset



KFL Ceramic thin section dataset


Data held by the Laboratory for Ceramic Research (KFL), Lund


As a part of the VISEAD project 421 sites with thin-sections from different ceramic objects was imported into SEAD. These include data from 3 499 thin sections analysed at the ceramics lab.

The distribution of sites in the KFL dataset



VDL pilot project dataset

Test dataset from the Laboratory for Wood Anatomy and Dendrochronology, Lund (VDL)


A test dataset of dendrochronological data from Småland, Sweden was imported as a part of the VISEAD project. The newly digitzed archives at VDL, Lund is currently being processed for import into SEAD.

The distribution of sites digitalized as part of the dendro pilot project (2012)



AFL Stable isotope and lipids dataset

Test dataset from the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm (AFL dataset)


We are currently discussing an appropriate test dataset for ingestion into SEAD.