New publications from the EPFRN

Participants in the European Public Finds Recording Network have produced a number of academic papers and scientific studies on topics ranging from archaeological and historical research, citizen science, Computer Sciences, data analysis and collections management to cultural heritage studies and beyond. These are some of the current and forthcoming publications since 2020. A fuller publication list can be found under the Resources page.


Dobat, AS, Dobat, AS & Schmidt, S 2022, Archaeology as ‘self-therapy’: Case studies of metal detecting communities in Britain and Denmark. In: Handbook of Archaeology and Wellbeing. Routledge.

Dobat, AS & Lykkegård-Maes, M 2022, 'Hunters of the Past: A Study of Demography, Attitudes, and Values among Danish Metal Detector Users', Danish Journal of Archaeology, 11, pp. 1-22. 

Oksanen, E., Rantala, H., Tuominen, J., Lewis, M. Wigg-Wolf, D., Ehrnsten F. & Hyvönen, E. Forthcoming in 2022. Digital Humanities Solutions for Pan-European Numismatic and Archaeological Heritage Based on Linked Open Data, Proceedings of the 6th Digital Humanities in Nordic and Baltic Countries Conference (DHNB 2022). CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 9 pp.

Pitblado, B., Rowe, M., Schroeder, M., Thomas, S. & Wessman, A. 2022. “Professional-Collector Collaboration: Global Challenges and Solutions”, Advances in Archaeological Practices 10(1): 3–9.

Rantala, H., Ikkala, E., Rohiola, V., Koho, M., Tuominen, J., Oksanen, E., Wessman, A. & Hyvönen, E. 2022: FindSampo: A Linked Data Based Portal and Data Service for Analyzing and Disseminating Archaeological Object Finds, In: The Semantic Web. ESWC 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 13261, pp. 478-494. Springer, Cham. DOI:

Rantala, H., Oksanen, E., and Hyvönen, E. Forthcoming in 2022. Harmonizing and Using Numismatic Linked Data in Digital Humanities Research and Application Development: Case DigiNUMA, Extended Semantic Web Conference 2022, 5 pp.

Wessman, Anna. 2020. “Metalldetektering i Finland: En framgångshistoria?” In: Metalldetektering inom arkeologi och forskning, pp. 94–109. Ljunge, M. (ed.), Örebro Länsmuseum, Örebro.

Wessman, A., Deckers, P., Lewis, M. & Thomas, S. 2022. “Metal-detecting rallies: characterizing the phenomenon, understanding the challenges and identifying strategies for heritage protection”, Advances in Archaeological Practices 10(2). 

Wessman, A. & Oksanen, E. 2022. “Metal-detecting data as Citizen Science Archaeology”. In: P. Halinen, V. Heyd & K. Mannermaa (eds.), Oodeja Mikalle. Professori Mika Lavennon juhlakirja hänen täyttäessä 60 vuotta. An Ode to Mika. Professor Mika Lavento's Festschrift as he turns 60. Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland10 (MASF), pp. 268-277. Helsinki.


Deckers, P., Croix, S. & Sindbæk, S. 2021. Assembling the Full Cast: Ritual Performance, Gender Transgression and Iconographic Innovation in Viking-Age Ribe, Medieval Archaeology 65:1, 30-65 DOI:

Dobat, AS 2021, 'Arkæologi på recept? Metaldetektorhobbyen som kilde til mental sundhed og velvære', Danske Museer 2021.

Dobat, AS 2021, 'Metal detecting as citizen science in Denmark', Treasure Hunting, 2021 (may issue), pp. 54-59.

Kurisoo, T., Rammo, R., Smirnova, M., & Kangert, N. 2021. Searching devices, new discoveries, and issues related to them in Estonian archaeology in 2020Archaeological Fieldwork in Estonia 2020: 265−291.


Deckers, P. 2020. LOD Typology: land of opportunity, Germania 98, 222-5.

Dobat, A., Pieterjan D., Stijn H., Michael L., Suzie T. and Wessman, A. 2020. “Towards a Cooperative Approach to Hobby Metal Detecting: The European Public Finds Recording Network (EPFRN) Vision Statement.” European Journal of Archaeology 23(2): 272-292.

Hyvönen, E., Rantala, H., Ikkala, E., Koho, M., Tuominen, J., Anafi, B., Thomas, S., Wessman, A., Oksanen, E., Rohiola, V., Kuitunen, J., & Ryyppö, M. 2021. Citizen Science Archaeological Finds on the Semantic Web: The FindSampo Framework, Antiquity 95, 1-7. DOI:

Kurisoo, T., Rammo, R. & Smirnova, M. 2020. Discoveries made by the users of searching devices and the public in 2019 and the new Heritage Conservation ActArchaeological Fieldwork in Estonia 2019: 263−288.

Oksanen, E. & Lewis, M. 2020. Medieval Commercial Sites: as seen through Portable Antiquities Scheme data, in Antiquaries Journal 100, 1-32. DOI: