The corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture

Project start date: 2004-04 Project end date: 2009-03
The aim of this project is to publish catalogues of all the Anglo-Saxon carved stones, fully illustrated by high quality photographs, with general discussions concerning their relationships and significance, and full bibliographic references. Initially the regional volumes are published by the British Academy, but when the volumes are no longer in the Academy list they are published in shortened form on the internet. The digitized photographs are curated by the ADS (York). These catalogues complement other corpora for Scotland and Wales as well as similar catalogues in progress in Italy and France. Our methodology for the project has also been adopted by the new Welsh corpus. The series has already proved its value to archaeologists, art historians, historical geographers, place-name specialists, and iconographers, and has received a series of supportive reviews. This material is often the earliest evidence which we have for the post-Roman occupation of a site; the style and imagery of the carving can indicate relationships between centres, including those on the continent; and the content of the inscriptions and images can throw light on their social and religious context. There has been a steady demand for high quality photographic images by scholars in Britain and abroad (notably the USA), and we now supply all of our images digitally. In order to make the volumes more accessible to a wider public by reducing the price, we are currently setting Volume VII ourselves in-house.
Methods usedCategory
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
2d Scanning and photographyData capture
Data modellingData structuring and enhancement
Image enhancementData structuring and enhancement
Funding sources: 
British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Local and national Trusts
Content types created: 
Dataset/structured data, Still Image/Graphics, Text
Software tools used: 
Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, PHP, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Table, Adobe Dreamweaver, Textpad
Source material used:  
The sources from which the digital data are obtained are the field records made to a specific format by the authors of the catalogues of the different areas and their research into antiquarian accounts of the history of the individual monuments. The analysis of the monuments is based on the scholarship of the authors. The digital images of the monuments are either scanned from photographs or digital images provided by the authors or are provided by the in house team in Durham
Digital resource created:  
Digital data currently is held and produced by the CASSS project in two types. 1) Digital data for the printing of CASSS volumes that has a by-product of archive data 2) Digital data to be presented on the world wide web. However, in practice the data collected is now produced in suitable archive formats and is cascaded into the other data formats as required. The formats which are produced for types one and two are as follows: 1) Text a) “.rtf” format for archive and cascade to typesetting Pagemaker documents b) “.txt” format for the lowest atomicity of data archive format (also database delimited txt) c) “.mdb” for database entries d) Pagemaker “.pm” and printer pdf “.pdf” documents for printing and archive images. Images are also stored in the archive Pagemaker “.pm” and printer pdf “.pdf” documents presented above. Linked greyscale images are also saved at various resolutions. Print images “.tif” at 150 to 600 dpi. Archive “.tif” images at 600 dpi GIS Although GIS datasets are used to create maps, the datasets are derived and stored in database formats. 2) Data for dissemination across the www. Data produced for web presentation is derived from archive and print datasets. The data produced is Images (.jpg) at 75 to 95 dpi. Text HTML, .php and perl scripts as well as data saved in MYSQL databases Al lof the data types have been agreed with the ADS as migratable and suitable.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Data Formats created: 
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), Graphics interchange format file (GIF), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), JPEG File Interchange Format (JPG), Microsoft Access Database (MDB), PHP, Rich Text Format (RTF), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), Text file (TXT)
Metadata standards employed: 
Dublin Core, simple (DC)
CASSS Volumes published by British Academy(OUP)

Volume I County Durham and Northumberland.

Volume II Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire-North-of-the-Sands

Volume III York and Eastern Yorkshire

Volume IV South-East England

Volume V Lincolnshire

Volume VI Northern Yorkshire

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
Durham University

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr Derek Craig; Professor Rosemary Jean Cramp; Mr Kenneth Jukes
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:

Metadata on this record
Author(s) of recordRosemary Cramp
TitleThe corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture
Record created2007-07-03
Record updated2011-01-14 15:32
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Citation of recordRosemary Cramp: The corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture.
created: 2007-07-03, last updated 2011-01-14 15:32