systemic evolution created potential pitfalls for indexing and referencing of materials. Independent grid systems required reconciliation by means of algorithmic equations to convert local coordinates into a unified master grid, allowing researchers to graphically plot artifact types by means of a simple SVG plug-in. Variable nomenclature of similar artifact types was maintained for the sake of the integrity of the original catalogue system, but indexed to familial types with embedded reference points throughout the data system.
The current data system remains a work in progress. Groupings of artifacts by stratigraphy, by chronology or by typology often requires significant archival research. As this work continues, we hope that the system will evolve into a research tool that is increasingly simplified and user-friendly to scholars less familiar with the original excavation archive.
In addition, the database also allows for the digital presentation of previous scholarship on the site as well as new publication of materials and ideas from Poggio Civitate and its surrounding region. In the coming months, we will add several new scholarly works on various aspects of the site while we complete the formatting and editing of works such as Erik Neilsenís original study of the bone, antler and ivory carving from Poggio Civitateís 7th century Residence as well as numerous early excavation reports and published analyses of aspects of the 6th century architectural terracotta iconographic program.
Scholars interested in contributing to the Poggio Civitate Digital Publication System are invited to contact Anthony Tuck for instructions on establishing an account.