The Anthropological and Archaeological
Database of Sepultures

THANADOS is a Digital Humanities research project on archaeologically and anthropologically investigated burials. The project started in June 2019. The region under study is present day Austria and the period we are dealing with are the Early Middle Ages (600 until 1100 AD). Is work in progress. New sites are added continuously. By the end of the project in 2021 this website will provide an online repository of all hitherto published Early Medieval cemeteries from the area of present day Austria.


  • 100s of cemeteries online
  • Interactive maps
  • Query sites, graves, finds
  • Visualise and analyse data
  • Export data
  • Domain specific vocabularies
  • Detailed anthropological data
  • Network visualisations
  • Spatial analyses
  • Images, 3D Models
  • Metadata and bibliographies
  • Interactive charts

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:

Oct. 2020: Version 2.4 released

Introducing a dashboard with various visualisations for graves and burials. Click here for an example

3D models

If 3D files are available for finds or features they are displayed interactively in the browser: Example

Interactive Osteology Skeleton

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 on Facebook

THANADOS now has its own Facebook account

100% coverage for Carinthia

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

Highlight: Thunau obere Holzwiese

One of the biggest 8th to 10th century cemeteries in Austria and also the most recent one to be published: Thunau obere Holzwiese