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VISEAD: Pushing the cutting edge of SEAD: new research areas and users for interdisciplinary studies of global challenges

Research project VISEAD builds on the established SEAD platform by adding support for cutting edge methods in archaeological science. The project will facilitate the use of multidisciplinary archaeological research data by a broad range of users.

VISEAD is a collaborative venture uniting four archaeological research laboratories with a professional development team and stakeholders, including Västerbotten County Administrative Board (LST) and consultants. We will enter new data types into to SEAD’s current catalogue including insects, plants, pollen, soil chemistry and more. VISEAD will be a resource for a broad spectrum of research fields from archaeology and geology to health, conservation and heritage studies. It will enable the interdisciplinary study of long-term aspects of global challenges at an unprecedented scale and complexity.

Head of project

Philip Buckland
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2016-01-01 2018-12-31

Funding

The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016-2018: SEK 5,426,662

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies, Humlab

Research subject

Archaeology, Digital humanities, Earth science, History

Project description

VISEAD aims to build on the established Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD) platform by adding support for cutting edge methods in archaeological science. The project also aims to facilitate the use of multidisciplinary archaeological research data by regional government, consultants and with other infrastructure. It will do this in a collaborative venture uniting four archaeological research laboratories with a professional development team and stakeholders, including Västerbotten County Administrative Board (LST) and consultants. Project staff will undertake the systematic analysis and entry of new data types, including dendrochronology and wood analyses, compound specific stable isotopes, lipids and ceramic geochemistry. A globally unique platform will be created by adding these data to SEAD’s current catalogue including insects, plants, pollen, soil chemistry and more. VISEAD will be a resource for a broad spectrum of research fields from archaeology and geology to health, conservation and heritage studies. It will enable the interdisciplinary study of long-term aspects of global challenges at an unprecedented scale and complexity. The system will also help heritage management organizations engage in advanced projects, including the analysis of the risks posed to cultural heritage by climate change. All data will be quality assured and made available through online Open Access.