The project

THANADOS (The Anthropological and Archaeological Database of Sepultures) deals with the digital collection and presentation of Early Medieval cemeteries in the area of present day Austria.

Within THANADOS hitherto published information on Early Medieval burials is going to be digitized and translated to English language. The data are mapped using the CIDOC CRM and provided online. The information can be explored via a digital catalogue and within an interactive map. Cartographic visualisations as well as charts and plots are created dynamically based on real archaeological research data.

It aims at providing a best practice way on how to disseminate archaeological sources and research in the 21st century against the background of digital humanities.

It is closely connected to the OpenAtlas project and entirely build upon open source technology. It started in June 2019. Currently it is work in progress and for now only selected and processed sites are available online. 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.


Principal Investigator, Design and Frontend Programming: Stefan Eichert
Principal Investigator, Bioarchaeology, Digitisation and Translations: Nina Brundke
Backend Programming: Alexander Watzinger, Bernhard Koschicek
Digitisation and Translations: Jennifer Portschy, Roland Filzwieser, Sonja Mayer
Additional Support: Jan Belik, Christoph Hoffmann


Host 1: Natural History Museum Vienna
Contact Person: Mag. Dr. Stefan Eichert - stefan.eichert@nhm-wien.ac.at
Address: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Prähistorische Abteilung, Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Host 2: Austrian Archaeological Institute
Contact Person: Nina Brundke MA BSc - nina.brundke@oeai.at
Address: Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut, Franz Klein Gasse 1, 1190 Wien


GO!DIGITAL NEXT GENERATION programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Partners and Cooperations:

ACDH - Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities