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The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database: a resource for international, multiproxy and transdisciplinary studies of environmental and climatic change
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet ; Arcum)
Lund University.
Swedish National Historical Museums.
Stockholm University.
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2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Climate and environmental change are global challenges which require global data and infrastructure to investigate. These challenges also require a multi-proxy approach, integrating evidence from Quaternary science and archaeology with information from studies on modern ecology and physical processes among other disciplines. The Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD is a Swedish based international research e-infrastructure for storing, managing, analysing and disseminating palaeoenvironmental data from an almost unlimited number of analysis methods. The system currently makes available raw data from over 1500 sites (>5300 datasets) and the analysis of Quaternary fossil insects, plant macrofossils, pollen, geochemistry and sediment physical properties, dendrochronology and wood anatomy, ceramic geochemistry and bones, along with numerous dating methods. This capacity will be expanded in the near future to include isotopes, multi-spectral and archaeo-metalurgical data. SEAD also includes expandable climate and environment calibration datasets, a complete bibliography and extensive metadata and services for linking these data to other resources. All data is available as Open Access through and downloadable software.


SEAD is maintained and managed at the Environmental Archaeology Lab and HUMlab at Umea University, Sweden. Development and data ingestion is progressing in cooperation with The Laboratory for Ceramic Research and the National Laboratory for Wood Anatomy and Dendrochronology at Lund University, Sweden, the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, the Geoarchaeological Laboratory, Swedish National Historical Museums Agency and several international partners and research projects. Current plans include expanding its capacity to serve as a data source for any system and integration with the Swedish National Heritage Board's information systems.


SEAD is partnered with the Neotoma palaeoecology database ( and a new initiative for building cyberinfrastructure for transdisciplinary research and visualization of the long-term human ecodynamics of the North Atlantic funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Keyword [en]
database, multiproxy, environmental change, climate change, open access
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Archaeology History and Archaeology Geology Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics Geophysics Metallurgy and Metallic Materials Ceramics Genetics Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bioinformatics (Computational Biology) Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Ecology
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Quarternary Geology; Archaeology; Materials Science; biology, Environmental Science; Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109421OAI: diva2:857111
The XIX INQUA Congress Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization, Nagoya, Japan
Swedish Research Council

Abstract will be published in conference abstracts volume.

Available from: 2015-09-28 Created: 2015-09-28 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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