Citizen Science in Archaeology: Developing a Collaborative Web Service for Archaeological Finds in Finland

Anna Wessman, Suzie Thomas, Ville Rohiola, Mikko Koho, Esko Ikkala, Jouni Tuominen, Eero Hyvönen, Jutta Kuitunen, Helinä Parviainen, Marianna Niukkanen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


Metal detecting has become a vivid area of citizen science. In many countries where metal detecting is legal, the rapidly increasing number of finds submitted to authorities managing national archaeological databases has overwhelmed the capabilities of those maintaining the records. We propose an innovative approach for solving the problem by presenting a case study, the Finnish Archaeological Finds Recording Linked Open Database (SuALT) project. The idea is to engage the citizens more deeply in the process of maintaining the database in a mentally rewarding way by educating and helping citizens to make their find reports more accurately and as easily as possible, in place at the find location using a mobile device. SuALT provides a sustainable archaeological repository of Linked Data in Finland, interlinked with related international systems that shall continue to facilitate public engagements with cultural heritage, and research opportunities, long after the project has ended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Heritage Practice in the 21st Century: Contributions from Community Archaeology
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14327-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14326-8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


  • Metal detecting
  • Citizen science
  • Finland
  • Linked data


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