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Armin Schmidt and Eileen Ernenwein, 2nd edition, Archaeology Data Service / Digital Antiquity, Guides to Good Practice

These are all the geophysics files created during the duration of the project, ranging from the raw data files downloaded from field instruments, to processed geophysical data files, their image representations, GIS files that integrate these files and interpretation diagrams. They will mostly be stored and managed in proprietary data formats that are best suited for the processing flow (e.g. ArchaeoSurveyor XML files, Geoplot composites, dxf or shp files). All these files should be included in the Archive as they can be useful for subsequent analysis and re-evaluation. They form the primary information and are equivalent to a collection of archaeological finds from an excavation. Their arrangement in hierarchical folders is discussed in File description.