New archaeological content on Europeana

Over 800,000 records for archaeological monuments and sites are now available on Europeana. The material that ranges from rune stones and tombs to dwellings and archaeological sites is provided by the Swedish National Heritage Board through CARARE, the project that brings archaeological content to Europeana.

Rökstenen rune stone

The records on Europeana are in text format and contain information about each monument with a link to the original content. Clicking on this link will take you to the Swedish National Heritage Board website page with a map showing the location of the monument, text information, a scan of the original documentation and additional images of the monument, when available.

 Torsburgen, the biggest hillfort in Sweden

The Swedish National Heritage Board is one of 21 CARARE content providers that will contribute over 2 million items to Europeana. More datasets will be uploaded in the next few weeks.

So stay tuned!

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5 thoughts on “New archaeological content on Europeana

  1. The top image is of the Rök runestone, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B6k_Runestone the inscription of which has been the subject of many an interpretation and academic discussion in Sweden.

    The text translated to English:

    In memory of Vémóðr/Vámóðr stand these runes.
    And Varinn coloured them, the father,
    in memory of his dead son.

    I say the folktale / to the young men, which the two war-booties were, which twelve times were taken as war-booty, both together from various men.

    I say this second, who nine generations ago lost his life with the Hreidgoths; and died with them for his guilt.

    Þjóðríkr the bold,
    chief of sea-warriors,
    ruled over the shores of the Hreiðsea.
    Now he sits armed
    on his Goth(ic horse),
    his shield strapped,
    the prince of the Mærings.

    I say this the twelfth, where the horse of Gunnr sees fodder on the battlefield, where twenty kings lie.

    This I say as thirteenth, which twenty kings sat on Sjólund for four winters, of four names, born of four brothers: five Valkis, sons of Hráðulfr, five Hreiðulfrs, sons of Rugulfr, five Háisl, sons of Hôrðr, five Gunnmundrs/Kynmundrs, sons of Bjôrn.

    Now I say the tales in full. Someone …

    I say the folktale / to the young men, which of the line of Ingold was repaid by a wife’s sacrifice.
    I say the folktale / to the young men, to whom is born a relative, to a valiant man. It is Vélinn. He could crush a giant. It is Vélinn … [Nit]
    I say the folktale / to the young men: Þórr. Sibbi of Vé, nonagenarian, begot (a son).

  2. Itb4s too bad Europeana hasnb4t published any info on their tnihecncal solution for their serach application. Or maybe they have?Anyway one thing that struck me in the press release was the talk about the database being overloaded. Considering the content was object metadata and thumbnails (with a reffering URL for complete object presentations at their source) the search application should have been centered around a freetext index with URL:s to thumbnails on a file-server and not really touch the database server at all i.e. all queries going towards the index and none to the database.A freetextindex (Apache/Lucene) should be able to be run on an Amazon server haven tried so I donb4t know for sure.

  3. Hi Aliou,
    You mean the press release relating to the launch of the portal in 2008? Since that time we’ve not really been overloaded and have improved our infrastructure.

    The current infrastructure is indeed exactly what you describe: a Solr freetext index of metadata and thumbnails on a file server.

    Best regards,
    David Haskiya

    Product Developer

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