of "Serion Suite"
"Serion Suite" is a program package for archaeology
developed by Peter Stadler. With
archaeological data entered into image database Montelius it is possible to
make typology with Drag 'n Drop. Given
such a typology, evaluation is at your fingertips.....
List of programs
available or under construction
This suite of programs is described below. The
main intention of "Serion Suite" is to speed up the evaluation
work of an archaeologist by a factor of about 100. Most time can be spared by
setting up typology, which is mostly the bottleneck in evaluation.
Program for evaluation of archaeological data. All
kinds of seriations are possible from Petrification to Correspondence
analysis. Spatial evaluations are done with "Analysis of the N Next
Neighbors". Results are provided in different formats. All graphics
are available in EPS-Vector format. Results of Reciprocal Averaging and
Correspondence Analysis are also available in WMF-Vectorformat and in a
3D-Rotation on screen. All
input data for WinSerion are provided by SPS2Serion.
Program to convert data from different rectangular
"Excel-like" data structures into WinSerion format. Almost all
data present in every days life of an archaeologist can be converted. Like
data from archaeology, human biology, zoology, botany, archaeo-metallurgy
etc. Metric values are converted by applying mono- and polyvariate cluster
analysis, where the number of groups can be preselected. Background format
is a multi tabbed Excel file. It is also used to convert the format of
Image database Montelius into WinSerion format.
Image Database Montelius*)
The image database. Earlier we have done dynamic
typology by means of an image browser, such as ACDSee. Now typology can be
elaborated with MonteliusEditor. All views on the data provides
MonteliusBrowser. All the editing is done with
Flash-Demo 1: Cutting out...
Rapid input program for entering the images cut
out from the scanned plates together with a minimal information dataset for
every image/object. With this input program images are entered into a
tree structure, which also is used for the complex view below. About 60
objects can be entered per hour by a trained person on the average.
Description of features is done by using implemented and changeable
thesauri. With MonteliusEntry about 620.000 images from European Pre- and
Protohistory have already been entered by about 60 archaeologists, students
MonteliusEntry is the input program into image
database Montelius and co-operates with an image editing program. By avoiding
redundancy in data collection, the images are positioned in
the correct place in the image database and the data for it is
stored in an appropriate Excel/Access database. In the latest version, it
is possible that all the necessary fields such as site and also quote are
entered in Unicode. This allows the use of all Eastern European special characters (also entries in Cyrillic or even
Chinese etc. are possible).
Download a recent
Takes over the role previously ACDSee, an image
browser, has played. This browser is primarily used from MonteliusEntry,
the input images can be easily controlled. Additionally Freeware Ultra Explorer can be used as image browser, which is also Unicode-capable.
Image database for typology with currently implemented
7 different views on the image data:
- Complex view is similar to
the way most publications present the image data on plates, ordered
according to the closed find units.
- Typology view presents the images
in that way, which is needed for working on typology. Typology can be
done with Drag 'n Drop. All changes in the typology structure are
immediately brought to the "background" database.
- Co-workers: All data can be
seen after the persons who have entered them.
- Quotes: Here all images are
presented after their publications, corresponding to the figures and
plates, containing the corresponding images.
- Date & Time: Sometimes
it is necessary to study the data after date and time for the database
administrator, to better control and correct the input data of the
- Culture: If one wants to
deal with different cultures this is the best possibility to make a
standardization of the cultural adherence of the same find complexes,
which in publications could be quite different.
- Sites: If one tries to
locate sites on a global map it is necessary to make a standardization
of the site names. In different publications similar or also quite
different names could have been used for the same site. To make a standardization
this view mode is best qualified.
The number of views can be easily extended.
Complex and Typology View
Flash-Demo 2: Typology with Drag'n Drop
Programm Demo for
cemetery of Hallstatt
This is the Editor for Montelius. All data can be seen
in the same views as presented by MonteliusBrowser. The difference is that
every view can be edited. It also helps to maintain the consistency of the
whole database and is used in this case only by the database administrator.
In such a way all changes on the whole database have to be done only once.
More than that it allows to maintain typology with Drag 'n Drop. This may
be done for a cultural group by someone participating in this project. It
is easily possibly to have in parallel different typologies in the same
This utility is an image processing program, that
helps to accelerate the cutting out of the object images from one plate with
the help of pattern recognition. Work on it is still in progress. This
program should speed up the overall input with MonteliusEntry at least by
A Harris-Matrix program. It can read format from
ArchEd, but also contains its proprietary format in Excel. It has some
features especially designed for the evaluation of overlay of graves in a
cemetery. For the presentation of the matrix a simple algorithm is
implemented. We also plan to use in future the "Sugiyama"
algorithm, which benefits the overall improvement of the matrix layout,
optimized for the reduction of crossings of the connection lines of the
stratigraphical units. Most important will be the co-operation with results
from WinSerion. On one side seriation results can be shown in the
Harris-Matrix, on the other side strata information can be used in
seriations or mappings.
Data already entered
Here you can study the datasets for the different
cultures which have already been entered into Montelius.
Download the status as an Excel-File.
Here you find the literature database of about
10.000 monographs and articles. Not everything has been scanned or entered,
but every work has an exact description of its input status.
Download the whole literature database, which will be regularly
Last update 05/10/2017.
Montelius.EN.pdf is a PDF file titled
"Peter Stadler, 2013, Quantitative Methods with Image Database
Montelius and the software package Winserion for Archaeologists. Examples
of Different Analyses, 127p, 113f" It is the English version, which is
now in sync with the German one.
is a PDF file titled „Stadler Peter
2013, Quantitative Methoden mit Bilddatenbank Montelius und Programmpaket WinSerion
für Archäologen: Beispiele verschiedener Auswertungen. 127p, 113a." This is the German version,
which is now in sync with the English one.
*) Available for Project participants.
**) Available for public. ***) Alpha-Test.
Date of last edition: 05.10.2017