For researchers

A PAS Finds Liaison Officer studying finds

The various national finds databases in European Public Finds Recording Network have already proven their usefulness as an important resource for research (the Portable Antiquities Scheme, for example, lists numerous research outputs). Most of the finds recording schemes have restricted user access concerning exact find locations. However, as an approved researcher, you can request access to restricted sections of the finds databases. The table below contains the necessary information for each of the recording schemes.

We are convinced that there is substantial potential in exploring our datasets from a supraregional angle. As part of the ARIADNEplus project, we are currently actively working towards exposing the national finds databases through a unified portal. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you are interested in developing research that connects our datasets.

 

 

Recording Scheme Restricted information or functionality How to get access as researcher
Denmark: Digitale Metaldetektorfund (DIME)

Personal data invisible.

Location data generalized by municipality for non-researchers; researchers can get exact data.

Bulk data download possible for researchers

Consult the conditions of the DIME platform.
 

England and Wales: The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)

Personal data invisible.

Location data generalized by parish for non-researchers; researchers can get exact data.

Bulk data download possible for researchers

Send an e-mail with request for researcher access, with documentation proving your accreditation as a researcher, to the address unknown@finds.org.uk

After checking and approval of your researcher status your account data will be sent by e-mail

Finland: FindSampo / Löytösampo / Fyndsampo

Personal data invisible.

Before validation, finds location is displayed at municipality level.

Following validation, finds data is open to all.

All available data will be accessible via the website.

 

Flanders (Belgium): MEDEA

Personal data invisible  unless with approval of the finder.

Location data generalized in rectangular blocks for non-researchers; researchers can get exact data.

Bulk data download possible for researchers

Create an account as a regular user (detectorist or finds expert) on the MEDEA platform

Send an e-mail with request for researcher access to info@vondsten.be, outlining your background and research aims.

After checking and approval of your researcher status your account status will be changed to 'researcher'

 

Netherlands: Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN)

Personal data invisible.

Location data generalized by municipality for non-researchers; researchers can get exact data.

Bulk data download possible for researchers

Download and complete an access request form from this page

E-mail the form to pan.fgw@vu.nl

After checking and approval of your researcher status your account data will be sent by e-mail

 

Below: an example of the potential of supraregional research on detector finds - the distribution of 10th-century Jelling-style brooches in Britain and Denmark, illustrating the close social and cultural contacts between southern Scandinavia and the areas of Viking settlement across the North Sea (after Jeppesen 2011).

Jelling brooches - an example of the research potential of metal detector finds