Digitizing Early Farming Cultures (DEFC)

About DEFC project

Digitizing Early Farming Cultures aims to create standardized and integrated research data of Neolithic and Chalcolithic sites and finds of Greece and Anatolia (c. 7000–3000 BC according to Greek terminology). The bases for the project are non-digital and digital sources from a series of research projects from the new ÖAW research group Anatolian Aegean Prehistoric Phenomena (AAPP) at the OREA Institute. AAPP studies archaeological sites and finds from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age in Greece and Western Anatolia, two neighbouring and archaeologically closely related regions usually studied in isolation of each other. The group focusses on research questions concerning technological and social changes, settlement patterns, exchange and sourcing of raw materials.

Research across the area currently suffers from fragmented data organized according to differing knowledge schemes, which developed independently in the two different research traditions. Independent terminologies and chronologies have developed, hindering collaborative research. To provide a basis for studying archaeological phenomena collaboratively across the whole region, standardization of research data is required.

The aim of this project is to harmonize existing datasets, digitize analogue data from publications and integrate metadata for easy access and data reuse. The data will be made available in an open access archaeological data management system, which complies with standards of data sharing and interoperability with related initiatives. Digitizing Early Farming Cultures, for the first time, will enable research across several, so far unlinked projects to answer research questions and it will foster active collaboration between researchers in OREA.

Project duration: 01.11.2014 - 31.10.2017


Štuhec, Seta; Aspöck, Edeltraud; Masur, Anja; Andorfer, Peter; Zaytseva, Ksenia, (2016). Putting 3D models into context - the Schachermeyr pottery collection and the DEFC app. Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation ‘ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0’, 5. – 7. Sept. 2016, Valencia, Spain. URL:


Andorfer, P., Aspöck, E., Ďurčo, M., Masur, A., Zaytseva, K. (2016). The DEFC-App: A Web-based Archaeological Data Management System for ‘Digitizing Early Farming Cultures’. In Digital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts. Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University, Kraków, pp. 726-728. URL:


Aspöck, Edeltraud; Masur, Anja (2015). Digitizing Early Farming Cultures. Customizing the Arches Heritage Inventory and Management System. Proceedings of Digital Heritage International Congress 2015, 28. Sept. - 2. Oct., Granada, Spain.

Digital Archaeology Research Group, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology

Project leader: Edeltraud Aspöck

Research assistants: Anja Masur, Seta Štuhec, Irene Petschko

Data entry: Marina Brzakovic, Theresa Rinner, Dominik Bochatz, Sheba Schilk, Eleonora Semilidou

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

Developers: Peter Andorfer, Ksenia Zaytseva

Dates Event Place
Nov. 8, 2017 - Nov. 10, 2017 22nd CHNT Vienna, Austria
Aug. 30, 2017 - Sept. 3, 2017 EAA 2017 Maastricht, Netherlands
Dec. 5, 2016 - Dec. 6, 2016 3rd DHA Conference - dha2016 Vienna, Austria
Sept. 5, 2016 - Sept. 7, 2016 ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0 - 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation Valencia, Spain
Aug. 28, 2016 - Sept. 2, 2016 WAC-8 Kyoto, Japan
July 11, 2016 - July 16, 2016 Digital Humanities 2016 Krakow, Poland
April 24, 2016 - April 29, 2016 10th ICAANE Conference Vienna, Austria
Jan. 19, 2016 Data management workshop Vienna, Austria
Nov. 30, 2015 - Dec. 2, 2015 2nd DHA Conference Vienna, Austria
Sept. 28, 2015 - Oct. 2, 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress 2015 Granada, Spain

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