This tutorial describes how to create a new artifact and add information to it. The following elements are involved:
Artifact: A physical object, made by humans – e.g. a coin, a letter or a tool
Actor: As creator and/or owner of the artifact
Event: Creation of the artifact
File: You can upload an image file connected to the artifact
Reference: Link a reference to the artifact
Add a new artifact¶
To create an artifact as representation of the object you want to add:
Choose a descriptive name
Select an appropriate Type from the list
Owned by: If applicable, choose an owner of the artifact, e.g. a museum it is stored at
Add further information e.g. date or description or choose option from type trees
Press Insert to save the entry
Regarding date: the begin date represents the creation of the artifact and can be entered as a time span. Regarding the description field: this can be used to record information that is not covered by the several types you can choose from above. Keep in mind, it has several advantages to cover as much information as possible by using types over free text in the description field. If there is no fitting type, please follow this instructions to add new types to the list. Please note, that “owned by” is not used to link a creator of an artifact. You can link a creator by adding a creation event (see below).
Add a reference to the artifact¶
To link a reference to the newly created artifact, choose Reference from the tabs
Then choose from the following options:
Add a file to the artifact¶
To add an image file to the artifact, choose File from the tabs. Then choose from the following options:
Link the artifact to an already uploaded file
Upload a new file by using the +File button, you can add information and choose a file here
Add a creator to the creation event¶
If the creator of an artifact is known, you can add the person after saving the creation event by clicking Event in the artifact’s view. On the event’s landing page, click the Actor tab to link a creator (or other kind of actor involved).
Here you can:
Link the creation event to an already existing Actor
Create a new person as actor connected to the Event
Create a new group as actor connected to the event
Please use Link here to be able to choose an actor as creator (or add a new actor, go back to the event page, choose actor - link again and follow the steps below). You can now add the following information:
Type of the actor, in this case choose creator
Actor: choose the creator of the artifact from a list of already added actors
Change activity “from participated” in to “performed”
if wanted, add a date and/or description
With the above steps you have created an artifact connected to a creation event and actor as creator.
Add multiple locations to an artifact¶
Choose the Place the artifact has it’s first occurrence at - e.g. the production site or a place an artifact was found at during archaeological excavation.
link any other place the artifact is linked to by adding a move event - e.g. when an artifact is transfered to a place where it is later found during an archaeological excavation after the production event or when it is moved to a museum or sold to a new owner. Click here to see a short tutorial on adding a Move events
Example: Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa in his workshop in Florence, therefore Florence would be linked to the artifact as place. It was then acquired by King Francis of France and exhibited in Château d’Amboise. This change of location can also be tracked in the database by a Move events. Another Move events maps the transfer of the image to Fountainebleau. By adding further move events the way of the picture to the Louvre in Paris can be documented.