Category Archives: Archives

Introducing English Heritage Archaeological Monographs

EHMonographs_blogEnglish Heritage has a long tradition of producing high quality, well illustrated archaeological monographs about key sites and topics of importance to the understanding of the historic environment in England. Many of the past titles have long been out of print and yet are still of value for reference purposes. English Heritage is now making these titles available as ebooks (see the English Heritage Publishing catalogue for details) and as PDFs which can be downloaded for free from the ADS: English Heritage Archaeological Monographs archive page.
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New Guidelines for ADS Depositors

data_repositoryThe ADS, supported by funding from the Archives and Records Association, has recently revamped our Guidelines for Depositors.

The revamp reviewed the current ADS guidelines on digital archive deposition and developed updated guidance policies for depositors in light of the recent revisions to the Guides to Good Practice and the development of ADS-easy.

The revision to the ADS Guidelines for Depositors has produced a new user friendly interface designed after detailed consultation with users on the most intuitive and instructive way to present the guidelines.

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ADS-easy giveaway!

ADS are giving away five of our new novelty ‘trowel’ usb memory sticks to the depositors of the next five completed ADS-easy archives. Archives must have been begun on or after August 18th 2014.

Winners will be announced as their new archive goes live on the ADS website.

Get depositing to be in for a chance to win!

And keep an eye out for Internet Archaeology giveaways too.

For more information or to check if you are eligible contact help@archaeologydataservice.ac.uk

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ADS-easy; our first archive is delivered!

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Site of the former NXP works in Southampton

 

We were very pleased to recently release our first archive which was deposited with us via ADS-easy. Oxford Archaeology (South) deposited a small archive of the digital outputs of a trial trench evaluation on the site of the former NXP Works in Southampton, Hampshire, on behalf of CgMs Consulting prior to the redevelopment of the site by Canmoor Projects Ltd. The work took place in March 2013 and the archive deposited with the ADS in accordance with instructions from Southampton Arts and Heritage.

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Opening up the Grey Literature Library

The Grey Literature Library is one of the ADS’s most popular resources, and as shown by projects such as the Roman Rural Landscape, one that is of massive research value. The library is constantly growing, with most reports coming from the OASIS system. In 2013 alone, there were 3891 reports submitted. Feedback from all levels of the archaeological community makes it clear that the hosting of openly accessible digital grey literature is a boon. However, one of the questions we are most commonly asked is “why does it take so long for a report uploaded to OASIS to make its way into the library?”. This is perfectly understandable; people who have completed an OASIS record to share the results of their fieldwork want to make sure this effort is not in vain. Rest assured it isn’t, here’s a small insight into what’s going on underneath the workings of the library.
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HERALD: a new beginning for OASIS

We all know that the historic environment sector has undergone a great degree of upheaval over the last few years as a result of the recession-busting
moves by both central and local government and, perhaps even more importantly,
the slump in building activity. At the same time colleagues in the sector are coming to rely more and more on technological solutions to help provide a high quality archaeological information to the public. It is therefore heartening to be able to announce an investment by English Heritage in OASIS to consider a project to redevelop the system to better meet the needs of the historic environment community it endeavours to serve.
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Buckets of Anglo-Saxon Data

With the release last year of two more Anglo-Saxon archives, ‘A Corpus of Early Anglo-Saxon Buckets’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD: A Chronological Framework’, it seems like a good time to highlight this growing theme in our archives. We now hold a mass of Anglo-Saxon collections; six classification or typological collections; four site based archives; and three large area studies of Anglo-Saxon activity in Staffordshire and Kent. We also archive the ‘Novum Inventorium Sepulchrale – Kentish Anglo-Saxon graves and grave-goods’ in the Sonia Hawkes archive which is currently available online from Oxford University.

Buckle from the Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods Archive © English Heritage.

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Three New Yorkshire Archives

ADS is pleased to announce the release of three new digital archives exploring the history of settlement in Yorkshire, carried out under the auspices of the University of York.

The first, ‘Burdale: an Anglian settlement in the Yorkshire Wolds‘ by Julian Richards and Steve Roskams, comprises a broad range of primary and secondary data derived from fieldwork and post-excavation analysis of the site.The aims of the projects were to:

  • establish the depth, extent and survival of archaeological deposits
  • explore the nature of sedimentation
  • identify the extent of the 8th and 9th century activity
  • establish the relationship of the metalwork finds and the features
  • collect environmental & artefactual samples
  • determine the nature of activity on site
  • help protect the site from illegal metal-detecting

The release of this archive coincides with the release of a Data Paper on the data set in our sister service Internet Archaeology. This Data paper highlight the reuse potential of the archive.

The second and third new digital archives are related to fieldwork undertaken within the parish of Cottam. Continue reading Three New Yorkshire Archives