Daniel Pett

Role: ICT Adviser
Database records prefix: PAS

Address: The British Museum
41 Russell Square London Greater London WC1B 3DG

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Short profile:

Prior to joining the Scheme, Dan worked in IT for an investment bank (Dresdner KW) after studying Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and reading for a Masters degree at Cambridge University. The role of this post, based at the British Museum is multi-faceted and has developed substantially since inception in 2003.

Following the collapse of the Scheme's database suppliers {Oxford ArchDigital), he has become fully responsible for all our IT. Currently working on the revamp of our national database of archaeological objects using fully open source, standardised php and javascript frameworks. This work involves research into the following:

  • Linked data methodologies
  • Social web techniques
  • Making wider use of RSS and XML within the site
  • Extending blogs to all staff members using wordpress' blogging platform
  • Generally implementing more advanced web technology whilst avoiding the label web 2.0

He has also been heavily involved in the development of the British Museum website, performing the duties of Secretary of the Web Steering Group until the project was delivered. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, teaching on the Museum Studies, Conservation and Public Archaeology MA programmes. He is currently co-supervising one PhD student at UCLDH.

Other committee duties include CASPAR, HEIRNET and he is a Trustee of the Palestine Exploration Fund (also constructing their website) and has built websites for the Royal Numismatic Society, British Institute of Persian Studies, ICOMON and the All Party Parliamentary Group. Normally spends his weekends playing rugby for the mighty Rosslyn Park.

Recent conferences attended and presented at include:

  • World Archaeology Congress (Dublin)
  • International Numismatic Congress (Glasgow)
  • Current Archaeology 2010 (London)
  • Council for British Archaeology Conference (Newcastle)
  • CASPAR launch event (London)
  • ACRN/CASPAR seminar series (UCL)
  • American Numismatic Society Summer School (New York)
  • Yahoo Hack Europe! (Bucharest)

He doesn't really like computers, having started working with them for a bet.

Phone (work): +44 (0)207 323 8618
Phone (fax): +44 (0) 20 7323 8171

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Period breakdown

A breakdown of finds by period
Period Finds Records
Bronze Age 9 9
Early Medieval 185 184
Iron Age 90 11
Medieval 162 162
Modern 3 3
Neolithic 11 11
Post Medieval 608 165
Prehistoric 1 1
Roman 390 330
Unknown 19 19

Records breakdown

A breakdown of finds recorded
Year Quarter Finds Records
2003 2 27 26
2003 3 703 173
2003 4 2 2
2004 3 1 1
2004 4 191 189
2005 1 1 1
2005 2 1 1
2005 3 33 32
2005 4 1 1
2008 1 376 327
2008 2 4 4
2010 1 1 1
2013 2 137 137

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