This packages enables browsing and downloading data from Open Context using R. Open Context reviews, edits, and publishes archaeological research data and archives data with university-backed repositories, including the California Digital Library.
To browse the countries that Open Context has data on:
countries <- oc_browse("countries")
The result is a data frame that include the names of the countries in
countries$label. URLs that we can use to get more information about what projects, etc. are available for each country in
To browse the locations for one country, for example, Turkey:
library("dplyr", warn.conflicts = FALSE) locations <- oc_browse(type = "countries") %>% filter(label == "Turkey") %>% oc_get_countries(type = "location") #> Getting data for Turkey
To browse the names of locations that have archaeological data in Turkey, run
locations$label. We can see that the first location in this example is Çatalhöyük.
To inspect the projects available for a location in a country, for example, for Çatalhöyük in Turkey:
projects_at_Çatalhöyük_Turkey <- oc_get_locations("Turkey", "Çatalhöyük") #> Getting data for Turkey #> Getting data for Çatalhöyük
Once again, the
label column has the names of the projects:
With a little further effort we can browse excavation/survey areas within the project, and get datasets of measurements of objects collected from these areas (along with chronological and spatial data for these objects).