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User Agreement to Terms

The use of this website is governed by the terms and conditions set out below. By using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions you must not use our website or download content from it. These terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with details provided on our website about how the website operates, the services available, copyright information, and access and re-use licences. Additional terms and conditions may apply to the use of specific resources and will be identified accordingly. For further information please contact


Whilst every care has been taken in preparing the information published on this website, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) does not guarantee the accuracy or currency of the content. The ADS provides all material on this website on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the ADS excludes all representations, warranties, or conditions (whether expressed or implied) as to the comprehensiveness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise of all material on this website.

The ADS cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions and accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. The ADS reserves the right to remove or alter content or take down this website at any time without notice.

This website includes links to third party websites. These links are used to provide further information and are not intended to signify that the ADS endorses such websites and/or their content. The ADS takes no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of using information published on any of the pages of the linked websites.

Third party material located through the use of ArchSearch or the ADS Library may be subject to specific use constraints. It is the responsibility of users to be aware of such constraints and to abide by them.

Copyright Statement

All material on this website is protected by copyright. The vast majority of our data collections are supplied to us by depositors who licence us to distribute and preserve data on their behalf. This non-exclusive licence specifies the conditions under which we can distribute and preserve data but does not transfer ownership of copyright. Copyright holders are identified accordingly. In all other instances, copyright is retained by The University of York on behalf of the ADS.

Terms of Use


Duplication or sale of all or any part of this website it is not permitted, unless otherwise stated by a clearly identified licence.
You must not use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impair the performance, availability or accessibility of the website; use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity; use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software.


Access to and use of discovery metadata provided by the ADS is subject to the conditions set by the Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise stated.


Access to and re-use of data from the ADS data collections is subject to the licence conditions clearly identified within each data collection. You can identify what re-use licence is associated with a data collection using this helpful guide. If no licence is identified the data falls under the standard ADS Terms of Use and Access.

User-Submitted Content

By providing any text, images, audio, video or other content to this website you grant the ADS a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence, to publish and use that content (or any part of it, edited, cropped or otherwise modified), by the ADS on this website, and on or in other ADS websites and publications, in any media and at any time. You also agree that any user of this website may use such content in accordance with these Website Terms and Conditions and any licence constrains you choose to apply.

You (or the copyright owner) remain the owner of copyright in any content and are free to republish it wherever you (or the owner) so wish, subject to any other restraints.

All personally identifying information will be held by the ADS in compliance with our Privacy Policy.

The ADS shall reserve the right at its sole discretion to refuse, remove or edit any content that is posted to, or made available on this website without the need to give any reasons for doing so. The ADS accepts no responsibility for any statements, material or other submissions placed on this website by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage resulting from your breach of the following rules.

All material provided by you must comply with the following rules:

    • You may not place on this website any material where the rights belong to a person other than yourself without the consent of the owner.
    • You may not place on this website any material which is defamatory, abusive, discriminatory, threatening, harassing, harmful to children, obscene, offensive, unlawful or which might bring the ADS into disrepute.

You may not place any links on this website where those links take users to material that contravenes these rules.

  • Your content must not infringe any person’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action against any person (in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law).
  • You may not place on this website advertisements or use it to make commercial solicitations or to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services.
  • You may not place on this website any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit the functionality of any software, hardware or telecommunications equipment, or which might interfere with the normal operation of this website or servers connected to this website.


Data Depositors

Users depositing data for long-term preservation and access are subject to further conditions and must agree to the ADS Deposit Agreement as part of the deposition process.

Content Objections

The ADS respects the rights of all its data providers and users and endeavours to highlight problems and concerns about collections during the ingestion data and whilst works are carried out to preserve datasets. If you identify content that you believe infringes your rights, or that you object too, then you should let the ADS know as soon as possible by contacting This email should:

  • identify the webpage, collection, part of the dataset or file that you believe infringes your rights, or that you object to
  • include a statement on why you believe the content is contentious
  • provide a way to contact you (such as address, telephone number, or email)

We will acknowledge receipt of your email within 3 working days of receipt. Once formal notification has been received the ADS will place contentious content under a temporarily embargo. ADS staff will then conduct a thorough review of the data and the documentation provided by the depositor, alongside the details of the deposit licence. You will be notified within 7 days of the outcome of that review, and if we believe the objection to have foundation then the ADS will notify the depositor of the terms of the objection, with the aim that resolution between complainant and data provider can be sort. As per the terms of the deposit agreement (Section 4: Depositor’s Rights and Undertaking), it is the responsibility the data depositor to make sure “that the Data Collection is not and shall be in no way a violation or infringement of any copyright, trademark, patent, or other rights whatsoever of any person”. Until resolution can be reached the entire collection, part of the dataset affected, or individual file(s), will remain embargoed.