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Daniel Pett

Prof Daniel Pett

Daniel was previously Digital Humanities lead at the British Museum, where he designed and implemented digital innovation connecting humanities research, museum practice, and the creative industries. In doing so, he has created extensive cross-disciplinary and cross-sector networks.

He is an advocate of open access, open source and reproducible research. He is an honorary Professor at Stirling University, an honorary Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology, Research Affiliate of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and publishes regularly in the fields of museum studies, archaeology and digital humanities.

His first major project at the British Museum was to design and build the award winning Portable Antiquities Scheme database (which holds records of over 1.6 million objects) and enabled collaboration through projects working on linked and open data (LOD) with ISAWNYU and the American Numismatic Society, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding (MicroPasts), and developing the British Museum’s 3D capture reputation.

He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London and the Royal Geographical Society, was an RHSA Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Digital Humanities Research, Australian National University (2019) and is a member of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Job title: Head of Digital and IT/ Senior Research Associate

Pronouns: he/him


Pett, D., Cooper, C., Glen, A.L., Pitkin, M. & Wexler, J, (2022) ‘Fad Touch’ in Visual Heritage: Digital Reproduction and Contextualisation in Heritage Science (Chapman, H., Ch’ng, E, Gaffney, V. & Wilson A. Eds) Springer Visual Heritage Review DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-77028-0_21

Pett, D. (2022) ‘Transcending the walls of the museum. A digital revolution?’ in Oxford Handbook of Museums (Stevenson, A. (ed)) Oxford University Press

Pett, D. (in prep) ‘Digital Humanities and The British Museum: A Short Lived Experiment’ in Title to be decided, Watrall E & Goldstein, L (eds) Michigan State University Press

Bonacchi, C, Bevan, A., Keinan, A., Pett, D.E.J. & Wexler, J. (2019) ‘Participation in heritage crowdsourcing’ in Museum Management and Curatorship Volume 34 DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2018.1559080

Richardson, L-J., Law, M., Andrew Dufton, J.A., Kate Ellenberger, K., Eve, S., Goskar, T., Jessica Ogden, J., Pett, D. & Andrew Reinhard, A. (2018) ‘Day of Archaeology 2011–2017: Global Community, Public Engagement, and Digital Practice’ in Internet Archaeology DOI: 10.11141/ia. 47.10

Pett, D.E.J. (2018) ‘The Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme in England and Wales’ in Key Concepts in Public Archaeology (Moshenska, G. Ed) DOI: 10.2307/j.ctt1vxm8r7.12

Pett, D.E.J. (2017) ‘The concept of ‘anyone’ is key to the discussion of 3D production’ in British Art Studies Issue 6 DOI: 10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-06/conversation/005 

Pett, D.E.J. (2015) ‘Numismatics, Computers and the Internet: A survey’ in ‘A survey of Numismatic research’

Bonacchi, C., Pett, D.E.J., Bevan, A. & Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. (2015) ‘Experiments in Crowd- funding Community Archaeology’ in Journal of Community Archaeology Volume 2. DOI: 10.1179/2051819615Z.00000000041

Wexler, J., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D. & Wilkin, N. (2015) ‘Collective Re-Excavation and Lost Media from the Last Century of British Prehistoric Studies’ in Journal of Contemporary Archaeology DOI: 10.1558/jca.v2i1.27124

Bevan, A., Pett, D., Bonacchi, C., 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). 10.15346/hc.v1i2.9

Keinan-Schoonbaert, A, Bonacchi, C, Wexler, J., Wilkin, N., Sparks, R., Pett, D. and Bevan, A. (2014) ‘MicroPasts - An Innovative Place for Progressing Research’ British Archaeology 139: 50-55 Council for British Archaeology

Pett, D., Bonacchi, J. & Bevan A. (2014) ‘Mixing contributions, collaborations and co-creation: participatory archaeology through crowd-sourcing.’ Digital Humanities 2014

Bonacchi C., Bevan A., Pett D., Keinan-Schoonbaert A. (2014)  Developing 'crowd and community fuelled archaeological research': methodological, technical and ethical challenges in Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA 2014

  • Honorary Professor, University of Stirling
  • Fellow of Society of Antiquaries
  • Fellow of Royal Geographical Society
  • Honorary Lecturer University College London
  • Member of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
  • St. Edmund's

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