Feature under development: heat maps

It is often difficult to make sense of large amounts of data. When visualizing geographical details such as coin finds, they can often overlap and hide each other, obfuscating the results. To ameliorate this issue, we are developing a heat map feature. This feature examines the coins the user is interested in – filtered by time, metal and denomination, and visualizes the results using a heat map. The redder an area is, the more coins were found in that region. Red areas have the most coins found, followed by green areas, followed by blue areas. The map automatically updates based on the data in FLAME’s databases. The heat map below demonstrates the find locations already in our database. The red dots in Antioch, Carthage and Rome represent large coin finds in those regions, while the faded blue marks across the Balkans represents the fewer coins found in that region. As with all the other FLAME data, this depends on biases of publication and excavation, so using these results should always take these limitations into account.

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