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Archiving Archaeological Data in the United Kingdom

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JournalInternet Archaeology
DateAccepted/In press - 21 Jan 2021
DatePublished (current) - 31 May 2021
Volume58
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.

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

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