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).
It 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
News and Highlights:
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.
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
Introducing additional dashboard visualisations (finds, burials, graves). Click here for an example
Nearest neighbour distance calculation for each grave
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