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SEAD - The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database. Inter-linking multiproxy environmental data with archaeological investigations and ecology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet ; Arcum)
2013 (English)In: CAA2012, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, England. / [ed] Graeme Earl, Tim Sly, Angeliki Chrysanthi, Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Constantinos Papadopoulos, Iza Romanowska & David Wheatley, Amsterdam, 2013, 320-331 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The volume of data on past environmental and climate changes, as well as human interactions with these, has long since passed the level where it is manageable outside of large scale database systems. The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database project aims to not only store and disseminate such data, but also provide tools for querying and analysing them, whilst maintaining a close connection with the archaeological and ecological data that are essential for their comprehensive interpretation. Large scale, geographically and chronologically unrestricted databases provide us with essentially unlimited scope for putting individual sites into a broader context and applying locally collated data to the investigation of earth system level changes. By providing integrated access to data from a variety of proxies, including plant macrofossils, pollen, insects and geochemistry, along with dating evidence, more complex questions can be answered where any single proxy would not be able to provide comprehensive answers.

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Amsterdam, 2013. 320-331 p.
, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)
Keyword [en]
Environmental archaeology, database, archive, software, palaeoecology
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Archaeology Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Information Systems Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Other Chemistry Topics Other Biological Topics Botany Climate Research
Research subject
Archaeology; environmental archaeology; Quarternary Geology; Entomology; Physical Geography; Sedimentology; biology, Environmental Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81678ISBN: 9789085550822ISBN: 9789089646637ISBN: 9789048519590ISBN: 9789048519606OAI: diva2:657533
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)
Swedish Research Council, 2010-5976Swedish Research Council, 2007-7494
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