The Xeros Data Model: Tracking Interpretations of Archaeological Finds

  • Michael O. Jewell
  • Enrico Costanza
  • Tom Frankland
  • Graeme Earl
  • Luc Moreau
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7525)


At an archaeological dig, interpretations are built around discovered artifacts based on measurements and informed intuition. These interpretations are semi-structured and organic, yet existing tools do not capture their creation or evolution. Patina of Notes (PoN) is an application designed to tackle this, and is underpinned by the Xeros data model. Xeros is a graph structure and a set of operations that can deal with the addition, edition, and removal of interpretations. This data model is a specialisation of the W3C PROV provenance data model, tracking the evolution of interpretations. The model is presented, with operations defined formally, and characteristics of the representation that are beneficial to implementations are discussed.


Edit Operation Unstructured Data Archaeological Find Completion Operation Distribute Annotation System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael O. Jewell
    • 1
  • Enrico Costanza
    • 1
  • Tom Frankland
    • 2
  • Graeme Earl
    • 2
  • Luc Moreau
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electronics & Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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