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Homepage 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

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Serion Suite


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.


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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.


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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 MonteliusEditor.


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Flash-Demo 1: Cutting out...


Flash-Demo 2: Entering information...


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 and volunteers.

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).

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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.



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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 co-workers.
  • 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.


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Flash-Demo 1: 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 area.


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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 30%.


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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 updated.

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.



Montelius.DE.pdf 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.    ****) In Preparation.

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Date of last edition: 05.10.2017