Epigraphic Database Heidelberg


The geographic Database is the most recent of the four databases that make up the EDH. It was started in the year 2012 in order to standardize the geographical details of the findspots of the inscriptions included in EDH. These details were enriched with precise geographical coordinates as well as links to other gazetteers such as Pleiades and Geonames.

The first step was to establish all of the existing combinations of ancient and modern settlements as well as precise findspots. Enriched with further geographical details such as province, modern country, region and coordinates these can now be displayed on maps and linked with other gazetteers.

The precise coordinates refer in the most detailed of cases to the concrete findspot of an inscription. In this case the relevant information about the findspot is marked in red in the detailed view. When the findspot is not marked in red, the coordinates refer to the modern settlement.

In the meantime the geographical data, which has been gathered in the course of working on the inscriptions, has become a resource in itself, a gazetteer, which is open to all who wish to make use of it. Canonical URIs have been created for each and every entry. For the ancient Roman provinces there is also a list of unique IDs (List of all Provinces).

Up to April 2017 ca. 27.000 records are available.

Detailed view of a findspot   Detailed view of a province


The data of the EDH gazetteer can be downloaded in diverse formats for re-use (individual records in detailed view or in complete form in Open Data Repository); at present the formats available are GeoJSON, RDF (Turtle) and KML.

Updated: April 2017

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