Development ANCODS database

Term: October 2009 – November 2010

Linn Borghuis of Cultural Motion worked on the ANCODS return project first as project employee and then as a freelance employee. Since 1960, four shipwrecks of the Dutch East India Company have been discovered and excavated near the Western Australian coast. The shared history and the physical evidence of the material remains were the reason for concluding a treaty between Australia and the Netherlands in 1972. The ANCODS (Australian-Netherlands Committee on Old Dutch Shipwrecks) is responsible for the management of the archaeological collection. In 2006, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science decided to return the Dutch part of the collection to Australia. This project also entailed registration the archaeological objects again and setting up an online collection database and a classification method. The online database enables interested parties to visit and study the collection from a distance. As the communication with the Australian partners formed an integral part of the project this resulted in a seminar about the communication and the setting up of a shared registration standard. We cooperated on this project with the Western Australian Museum in Fremantle, the National Maritime Museum in Sydney and DEWHA in Canberra. More information about the project and the database: www.heritage-activities.nl.