Archiving Archaeological Data in the United Kingdom

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Owing to its early lead in the world of digital preservation, fostered by the creation of the Archaeology Data Service in 1996, the UK is often considered to be in an advanced position for digital archiving of archaeological data. In some ways it is, but the situation is also complex, due to a highly fragmented landscape, spread across four nations, and multiple sectors. This overview article describes the organisation and structure of archaeology across the UK, and the provision for digital preservation and access. Digital archiving is still far from standard, but the situation is improving, and rests on firm foundations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalInternet Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021


  • archaeology, digital data, archaeological archives, FAIR principles, United Kingdom

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