Citizen archaeologists. Online collaborative research about the human past


  • Andrew Bevan University College London
  • Pett Daniel British Museum
  • Bonacchi Chiara University College London
  • Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert University College London
  • Daniel Lombraña González Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Rachael Sparks University College London
  • Jennifer Wexler British Museum
  • Neil Wilkin British Museum



crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding, transcription, computer vision


Archaeology has a long tradition of volunteer involvement but also faces considerable challenges in protecting and understanding a geographically widespread, rapidly dwindling  and every-threatened cultural resource. This paper considers a newly launched, multi-application crowd-sourcing project called MicroPasts, whose focus is on enabling both community-led and massive online contributions to high quality research in archaeology, history and heritage. We reflect on preliminary results from this initiative with a focus on the technical challenges, quality control issues and contributors motivations.


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How to Cite

Bevan, A., Daniel, P., Chiara, B., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Lombraña González, D., Sparks, R., Wexler, J., & Wilkin, N. (2014). Citizen archaeologists. Online collaborative research about the human past. Human Computation, 1(2).