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PELAGIOS stands for 'Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems' - its aim is to help introduce Linked Open Data goodness into online resources that refer to places in the Ancient World. Why do we want to do that? Well, we think it will make all sorts of other things possible, including new modes of discovery and visualization for scholars and the general public. Continue reading →

Google Ancient Places

How does it work? We use an adapted version of the Edinburgh Geoparser in order to deal with the twin problems of toponymic homonyms and synonyms (different places that share names, and single places with multiple names). This uses a variety of factors, in particular the textual and spatial clustering of potential locations, in order to identify probable place referents. Places themselves are then annotated using the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) ontology. Continue reading →

Roman Port Networks in the Roman Mediterranean

This collaborative project uses analyses of the co-presence of ceramics and marble to explore changing connections between Portus, Rome and selected ports in the Mediterranean at defined chronological periods throughout the imperial period. In particular, it attempts to establish how far this kind of evidence supports the notion that there may have been networks of ports dependant in some way upon Portus, and the degree to which these may have changed through time. Continue reading →


We in the Archaeological Computing Research Group and School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton have a project in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford to publicise the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technology, to apply it in the recording and analysis of many document and artefact types, and to develop new hardware and software. Continue reading →


The project is designed to be transformative in terms of research practice. In archaeological terms it will break down the divide between the physical interactions between researchers and objects, and digital information. The technologies used will be trialled ‘in the wild’ on a series of extremely important archaeological sites, and in our labs and libraries. Continue reading →


The University of Southampton’s archaeological visualisation team, led by Professor Stephanie Moser, has been conducting research at the internationally renowned site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, since 2009. This pioneering project is the first of its kind to examine the long-term visual corpus of an archaeological excavation and develop engaging new visuals for the site’s key audiences. Continue reading →


The site of Portus is huge - over 3km² - and the only way to deal with the large amount of archaeological information generated during the fieldwork is through using the latest techniques in archaeological computing. These include a range of types of land and underwater survey, computer reconstructions, and innovative recording methods. Continue reading →