May 11, 2012
The papers of the nineteenth century antiquary and surgeon Thomas Pettigrew are of considerable interest in the histories of science, medicine and archaeology. The letters presented here were received by Pettigrew between 1817 and 1859, and form part of the Pettigrew Papers held at Yale University. They were transcribed during research into Pettigrew’s life and work, focusing in particular on his contributions to archaeology and Egyptology, and are presented in the form of texts. They are likely to be of interest and use to scholars of early nineteenth century intellectual history, and historians of archaeology in particular.
May 10, 2012
The dataset provides the diachronic and spatial distribution of Khabur ware in upper Mesopotamia and central Anatolia in the early second millennium BC (ca. 1900-1750 BC) by evaluating the ceramic evidence coming from excavated archaeological sites. Khabur ware is wheel-made pottery with monochrome geometric painted decoration in red, brown or black, which owes its name to the archaeologist Max Mallowan after that great quantities of it were found by him at the site of Chagar Bazar, in the Upper Khabur valley. Nevertheless, the data yielded from the archaeological excavations show that this pottery is not just confined in the Khabur basin, but spreads in northern Iraq, Syria and in a few sites in Iran and Turkey. This kind of pottery can be studied and analysed as fossil guide for detecting possible political and economic dynamics that caused its spread in Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia in the Middle Bronze Age.
April 25, 2012
Oyumino district (Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan) is a small residential area which has been intensely investigated as part of an urban development project during the 1970s~90s. The emergency excavations have yielded a vast amount of archaeological materials from different historic and prehistoric periods, including numerous hunter-gatherer settlements attributed to the Jōmon culture (ca. 16,000 - 2500 cal BP). The dataset comprises the spatial location of 364 residential units attributed to the Middle and Late Jōmon periods (ca. 5500-3200 cal BP) along with the spatial extent of the excavation areas, the 5-meter resolution digital elevation model of the Oyumino district, and an attribute table which includes the probability of existence of each pithouse for chronological intervals of 100 years.
Archaeological Survey and Monitoring Data from the Flower of Ugie, Wrecked 1852 in the Eastern Solent, England
April 5, 2012
This paper discusses the potential future reuse of the archived dataset resulting from the archaeological survey of the shipwreck remains of the Flower of Ugie, a wooden sailing barque wrecked in the Eastern Solent in 1852. Seven years of archaeological survey are represented in the site plans which record the structural details of the vessel along with many of its material characteristics. This record serves to establish the baseline condition of the site, against which future monitoring of the site will be conducted allowing informed management decisions to be made.
Dataset to accompany the excavation report for a ‘liberated African’ graveyard in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena, South Atlantic
April 3, 2012
The dataset derives from the excavation and post-excavation of a freed slave (‘liberated African’) graveyard on the South Atlantic island of St Helena. The report for this site has been produced in two parts: a printed volume published by the Council for British Archaeology (Pearson et al. 2011); and a digital volume deposited with the Archaeological Data Service (ADS). Also held by ADS are supporting data: the primary site record and miscellaneous documents generated during the excavation and post-excavation stages of the project. Substantial further research will be undertaken on this project over the next three to five years. The intention is to expand the dataset as new information is generated.