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Data reuse case studies

This page contains a number of representative case studies to highlight the wide range of uses of data deposited with the ADS. If you would like to contribute your own case study then please get in touch with a short description of your work, and a link to the original data.

  1. ArchAIDE. This project used 2D drawings of amphorae within the University of Southampton’s Roman Amphorae archive to build 3D models which were incorporated into a database of pottery forms. This database was then used as a reference collection for an application for automated pottery sherd recognition..
  2. H.E.M. Cool, and M.J. Baxter​, 2016. ​Brooches and Britannia​, Britannia, 47, ​pp. 71-98. This paper used the data from the Rural Settlement of Roman Britain project to generate comparative density maps of brooches.
  3. T Abramson (PhD Thesis), Where there’s muck there’s brass!’ Coinage in the Northumbrian landscape and economy, c.575-c.867. This project used the The Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy (VASLE) Project archive to investigate the monetization of Northumbria in the ‘Conversion Period’ during the seventh to ninth centuries CE. The project combines the ADS’s VASLE dataset with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) finds database for recent artefactual discoveries. With both a regional and settlement level analysis alongside a substantial numismatic database, the close association of portable antiquities and early Anglo-Saxon coinage in the study area could be demonstrated.
  4. Amphora Profiling by Micropasts. Amphora Profiling is a staged, multi-application crowd-sourcing initiative developed and hosted as part of the MicroPasts project. The app builds on on one of the most highly regarded ADS resources, the University of Southampton’s Roman Amphorae archive. The app takes scanned line drawings of Roman period Mediterranean amphora and serves them up to the public who are asked to properly scale the line drawing, draw around the exterior, the interior, the mid-line, the neck area, both handles and the handle section, all which then allows the creation of clean (edge-matched) 2D vector polygons. These in turn can be turned into 3D models.