Institute of Archaeology


Daniel Pett - Honorary Lecturer

Daniel Pett
  • Email: d.pett@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Daniel joined the British Museum in 2003 after a career in telecommunications and Investment Banking. He is responsible for the delivery of the award-winning Portable Antiquities Scheme website and is currently working on wide array of digital public archaeology projects including the Day of Archaeology, Nomisma, Project Andvari and MicroPasts (crowdsourcing and crowdfunding). He was also involved in the British Museum website refreshment project (2006), performing the duties of Secretary of the Web Steering Group until the project was delivered.

He is an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Archaeology teaching on the Museum Studies, Conservation and Public Archaeology MA programmes where he has supervised one PhD and numerous Masters students. He was recently Co-Investigator of several projects: the MicroPasts project with Andrew Bevan of UCL, Mapping the Palaeolithic with Nick Ashton and UCL and 'From Museums to the Historic Environment' with Dan Hicks of Oxford University's Pitt Rivers Museum.

Other committee duties include CASPAR, HEIRNET, and he is the Chair of Discipline for Cambridge University Rugby Club. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Geographical Society and is also a Research Associate of UCLDH.

Research Interests

  • Principal developer of the Portable Antiquities Scheme database
  • Participatory internet
  • Crowdsourcing/funding
  • Public archaeology
  • Museology
  • 3D technology

Selected recent publications

  • (2014) 'Linking Portable Antiquities to a wider web' in Thomas Elliott, T., Heath, S., and Muccigrosso, J. (eds) Current Practice in Linked Open Data for the Ancient World.
  • Wilkin, N., Bonacchi, C., Wexler, J., Bevan, A., Pett, D, and Keinan- Schoonbaert (2014) 'Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research. The MicroPasts Project' in Archaeology International 17: 61-68.
  • Keinan, A., Bevan, A., Bonnachi, C., Pett, D., Wexler, J. and Wilkin, N. (2014) MicroPasts. An Experiment in Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Archaeology in British Archaeology November/December 2014.
  • Gruber, E., Heath, S., Meadows, A., Pett, D., Tolle, K. and Wigg-Wolf, D. (2014) 'Semantic Web Technologies Applied to Numismatic Collections in Archaeology in the Digital Era: Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012'.
  • (2012) 'Use of Social Media within the British Museum and Museum Sector' in Bonacchi, C. (ed) Archaeologists and Digital Communication.
  • (2012) 'Conclusions - a way forward' in Bonacchi, C. (ed.) Archaeologists and Digital Communication. London: Archetype.
  • Bonacchi, C., Furneaux, C. & Pett, D.E.J. (2012) Public Engagement through Online TV Channels: A Way Forward for the Audiovisual Communication of Archaeology? In Bonacchi, C (ed.) Archaeologists and Digital Communication. Archetype¬†
  • (2011) 'Distributing the wealth' in Cooke, B. (ed.) The British Museum and the future of Numismatics. London: British Museum Press.
  • (2011) 'A review article: The CASPAR workshop.' Public Archaeology 10 Volume 2.
  • (2010) 'Meeting public interest in the Staffordshire Hoard.' British Archaeology 110.
  • (2010) 'The Portable Antiquities Schemes Database: its development for research since 1998' in Lewis, M. et al (ed.) Proceedings of the PAS conference, David Brown Book Company.
  • Bland, R., Moorhead, S., & Pett, D.E.J. (2010) Hoarding in ancient Britain. Current Archaeology Volume 248.
  • (2006) 'Promoting best practice through open access.' British Archaeology 87.