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Peripleo: a search engine for places and their documents, part of Pelagios Commons


Investigative team

  • Project Director: Leif Isaksen, History, Lancaster University
  • Community Director: Elton Barker, Classical Studies, The Open University
  • Technical Director: Rainer Simon, The Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Developer: Andrew Lindley, The Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Community Manager: Pau de Soto, Institute of Catalan Studies, Barcelona


Peripleo is a map-based search engine for exploring data annotated by the Pelagios community. Its user interface allows for free browsing as well as keyword and full-text search, while offering filtering options based on time, data source and object type. Data ranges from antiquity until 1500 AD and from Europe to East Asia (there is currently no content from sub-Saharan Africa or the Americas). It includes archaeological, textual and image-based content. Data remains hosted at source and is detected based on annotations produced by content curators or third parties. It is continually growing – for up-to-date information see our live list.


Simon, R., Isaksen, L., Barker, E. and de Soto Cañamares, P. 2016. Peripleo: a Tool for Exploring Heterogenous Data through the Dimensions of Space and Time. Code4Lib Issue 31, 2016-01-28.


Peripleo has been developed through phases 3 and 6 of the Pelagios, with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013-2015; 2016-2018)