EuroPreArt Database Portal
Arcà - Footsteps of Man
EuroPreArt's homepage (europreart.net)
is a portal to a database packed with details about prehistoric
art in Europe. This knowledge bank holds over eight hundred
records, thousands of photos, tracings and maps, and a bibliography
with more than 2800 references—reflecting a mission to making
such information available.
Visitors can explore the site with the
uppermost and left-hand navigation bars. The uppermost
menu, on the right of the "EuroPreArt"
acronym which links to Home (the opening page), has three
items: Data (database system), Partners
(project organisations), and Help.
The Home page shows the EuroPreArt
logo, an animated GIF file where several prehistoric art
figures are displayed inside the European flag, and links
to the Presentation, Structure and Guidelines
From these pages it is possible to download the original
EuroPreArt inserting data form, available for documentation
and for researchers or institutions interested in using
it. Each EuroPreArt Partner has its
own page, to introduce itself and its contribution to
the general project and to link to its own home page.
The Data item, the most important,
leads to a click-sensitive map of Europe and several data
retrieval options: a pop-up menu to display one record,
a list to display all records (default, ten at a time),
and a search to query the entire database for chosen criteria.
A second navigation bar appears on the left while viewers
browse the Data section, which has five options:
Map, List, Record, Search and
The click-sensitive map of Europe highlights Denmark,
France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. This
works a bit like a Geographic Information System: a click
on any coloured country opens a set of records about it;
a click outside these retrieves unfiltered records for
all seven countries. Some of them have a second-level
click-sensitive map displaying different areas. A click
on any tinted area retrieves records for that zone; clicks
outside the tinted areas retrieves records for the whole
of that country.
This lists all the content in the database’s main text
fields: name, country, area, region, keywords, description,
and figures. Clicking a sequential record number or name
displays the details (see next point). The listing is
customisable: viewers can browse through ten, twenty,
or more records at a time and sort them by name, country
or area, in ascending or descending order. Internal navigation
arrows lead to the first, previous, next, or last page.
This browses the database record by record, dynamically
generating each one and displaying a formatted page that
arrays text from the database with related pictures (GIF
and JPG file format). The general structure, sections
and fields mimic the initial data insertion form. There
are internal navigation arrows (first, previous, next,
or last record) and supplementary details (filtered/unfiltered
status, record number, total number records). A pull-down
menu lists all records, allowing viewers to jump quickly
to another. If a click-sensitive map of the country exists,
an icon under the country name links to it. In this view,
the horizontal edges of pictures are less than 200 pixels.
A click on any image will pop up one with a higher resolution,
having a maximum horizontal edge of 550 pixels and a maximum
vertical edge of 450 pixels. Another click on the enlargement
returns to the record. Under the bibliography section
it is possible to activate three bibliography filters:
each record (references specifically related to one engraved/painted
rock), each country, and all references.
- Search. The search
features are quite broad. It is possible to place keywords
or short groups of words in the main fields: name, area,
keywords, chronology, etc. Searches are case insensitive
(e.g., " lascaux", "Lascaux", "lAscauX", or
LASCAUX") and allow partial matches (e.g., "cam" for Val
Camonica or "lasc" for Lascaux). Search capabilities include
options such as whether all fields must match (the ".and."
option) or if at least one field must match (the ".or."
option). Searches set the retrieval status to "filtered",
only showing matching records. The bibliography search
features are nearly identical.
The system has three bibliography filters: record (references
related to a prehistoric art surface or object), country,
and all titles. The listing is customisable: viewers can
browse through ten, twenty, or more records at a time
and sort references by author, year or title, in ascending
or descending order. Internal navigation arrows lead to
the first, previous, next or last listing. Searches also
work on author, year and title. An indication showing
the active search filter (a xBase expression) appears
From each page of the EuroPreart Web site
it is possible to reach the main menu (the upper navigation
bar is always present) or any database surfing option. The
whole structure is planned to show in the simplest way the
records of the prehistoric art and bibliography databases,
by a geographic intuitive interface or by the search select
An Apache Web server (www.apache.org),
running under Linux, powers the EuroPreArt site. BASERUNNER
provides the search and information retrieval capacity that
dynamically generates page content from the database. The
entire content (as of February 2002) and retrieval features
are available on an auto-play CD-ROM.
Europe click-sensitive Map
List of records
Bibliography listing and search