THANADOS is a
Digital Humanities web portal for
archaeologically and anthropologically
investigated burials and their digital
The regions covered are Austria and the
Czech Republic during the the Early Middle Ages
(600 until 1100 AD).
New sites are added continuously to
provide an online open data repository of
Early Medieval cemeteries.
that contributed data are featured
If you want to know more about the features or the project please take a look at the manual or the about section.
News and Highlights:
In this version "broad matches" for controlled vocabularies have been introduced. Also THANADOS will soon be aggregated by ARIADNEplus. Several changes regarding API functions were implemented in order to harmonize with ARIADNEplus.
With version 4.0 of THANADOS new filters have been
introduced for the selection of
sites. In the near
future THANADOS' scope will be enlarged for further
periods, projects, case studies and regions. This will
allow for a quick selection of the respective sites.
The data collection has also been enlarged and currently There are more than 400 Austrian cemeteries online.
Furthermore THANADOS has become a local time machine within the Time Machine Organisation.
Introducing a new search functionality that allows for text search all over the entire database. Now you can search for any term defined by you in the name, description, context and type fields of all entities. Also automatic image processing has been implemented that crops and converts image files in order to load them faster into your browser.
We have added several new chart
visualisations on the
inter-site level, such as bodyheight comparisons, age at
death estimations based on absolute
Introducing new dashboard visualisations for isotopic analyses and bodyheight of individuals. E.g. at Oberleiserberg (see burial tab). Also 30 new sites were added to the repository including many from Tyrol.
Introducing radiocarbon calibration using the excellent open source Python library IOSACal. Now, if available, radiocarbon data (years, range, laboratory and specimen number) are used to "on the fly" create plots of the calibrated dates based on the most recent calibration curve: Eg. Grave 1 from Oberleiserberg. Also stacked plots are created if there is more than one date for the respective entity and or its subunits.
Introducing linked data to various vocabularies, gazetteers and thesauri, such as Wikidata, Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus, ArchWort etc.
When available they are listed in the properties info fields and in the vocabulary view with detailed information. E.g. Disc Brooch (See "identifier" tab)
Introducing new map backgrounds including hillshade overlays for basic maps and a detailed terrain model for Austria based on lidar data by basemap.at
41 new sites including for example Zwentendorf with rich anthropological data
Tausende Gräber zum Selbsterforschen
Towards an Online Database for Archaeological Landscapes
Digital Mapping of Medieval Cemeteries
We are proud to announce that THANADOS has won the 2020 "Best App Award" at the International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technology - CHNT
Introducing additional dashboard visualisations (finds, burials, graves). Click here for an example
Nearest neighbour distance calculation for each grave
30 more cemeteries added. Amongst them the Avar period sites of Leobersdorf and Sommerein. (Acknowledgements for Leobersdorf go to the cooperation with the ERC Synergy Grant HistoGenes )
Introducing a dashboard with various visualisations for graves and burials. Click here for an example
If 3D files are available for finds or features they are displayed interactively in the browser: Example
With data on osteology for individual bones, these are mapped directly on an anatomic correct skeleton showing the bones' position and listing their attributes: Example (see "Osteology" tab)
THANADOS now has its own Facebook account
All published Early Medieval cemeteries from Carinthia are digitised and online. E.g. the earliest monastery of Molzbichl (8th c.) with its later churchyard or the nearby cemetery of Baldramsdorf/Rosenheim
One of the biggest 8th to 10th century cemeteries in Austria and also the most recent one to be published: Thunau obere Holzwiese