PAN-project nominated for the National Data Award

The Faculty of Humanities’ PAN-project (Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands) is nominated for the Dutch Data Award 2018

09/28/2018 | 1:15 PM

This award is presented once every two years. From 47 submissions, 3 nominations were selected per category. The award ceremony will take place on the 28th of November 2018 during a day organised especially around theme of data research.

Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN)
The aim of the PAN-Project is to enable the documentation and online availability of metal antiquarian artefacts that were discovered with metal detectors. This makes information and location of artefacts finds are more available for scientific and heritage research, museums and the wider public. PAN was part of the North Sea Area Finds Recording Group, a cooperation between organisations that focus on the registration of archaeological finds. Other members are the Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales, MEDEA in Flanders and DIME in Denmark.

Gold treasure
In June 2017 archaeologists of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Dutch National Cultural Heritage services (RCE) presented the find of a unique gold treasure originating from the third quarter of the 5th century. Metal detectorists found the gold in an orchard in de Betuwe, a region in the east of the Netherlands. They informed professional archaeologists who then managed the excavation. This is a good example of a find which was well documented by the PAN-project.