ARK (The Archaeological Recording Kit)

ARK (The Archaeological Recording Kit) is a web-based ‘toolkit’ for the collection, storage and dissemination of archaeological data.  It includes data-editing, data-creation, data-viewing and data-sharing tools, all of which are delivered using a web-based front-end.

It is designed to be adaptable to any digital or paper-based recording system, so does not dictate what or how the archaeologist records at a given site. Rather it provides a framework, an interface and a set of pre-fabricated digital tools for archaeological recording and data dissemination according to the unique needs of any given project.

Based on industry standard data technologies (Apache/MySQL/PHP), ARK is completely opensource and standards-compliant.

Available as Open Source download or as a hosted service from LP Archaeology.

Potsherd Atlas of Roman Pottery

This is a collection of pages on pottery and ceramics in archaeology, principally of the Roman period (1st cent. BC – 5th cent. AD) in Britain and western Europe.

  • The pages include an introductory Atlas of Roman Pottery, containing descriptions and distribution maps of types of Roman pottery (particularly types found in Britain).
  • The pages of the Atlas describing the individual wares can be accessed through the main menu, which lists the wares by CLASS (table wares, cooking wares, transport amphoras etc) or SOURCE (by province of origin). Links to these indices will also be found in the main menu bar.


  • The Potsherd pages were hosted at between 2000 and 2010.
  • The permanent URL for this site is now

Roman Pottery in Britain

  • The site includes a companion to Roman Pottery in Britain, a survey of pottery made or used in Britain during the Roman period published in 1996. The pages include an additional index of non-UK sites and a list of errata.

Additional datasets

  • Central Gaulish granite-tempered wares: database, images etc to accompany paper published in the journal Nord-Ouest Archéologie 12 (2001). This ware includes some of the moulded-rim jars classified in French ceramic reports as le type Besançon.


Paldat – Current Pollen Database

PalDat is the world’s largest database for Palynological Data.PalDat provides a large amount of data from a variety of plant families. Each data entry ideally includes a detailed description of the pollen grain, images of each pollen grain (LM, SEM and TEM), images of the plant/inflorescence/flower and relevant literature.

Online access to the database is free of charge (

To publish palynological data in PalDat a free registration is required.
PalDat is operated by members of the Division of Structural and Functional Botany (SFB) at the University of Vienna ( and supervised by AutPal, the “Society for the Promotion of Palynological Research in Austria” (

ADS – Archaeological Data Service

The ADS – Archaeological Data Service is probably one of the biggest archives for excavation data in the United Kingdom. It covers most data from England, but also hosts some data from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. In addition, you can find some reports from Europe, Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia. It allows you to search the archives by free text or browse them sorted by time period, finds, region etc.

All data in ADS is free for access, and only requires you to accept the terms of use and access every time you download a report. You may also register for an account and get immediate access to all data.


Ances Trees

AncesTrees was developed for assessing ancestry based on metric analysis. AncesTrees relies on a machine learning ensemble algorithm, random forest, to classify the human skull. In the ensemble learning paradigm, several models are generated and co-jointly used to arrive at the final decision. The random forest algorithm creates ensembles of decision trees classifiers, a non-linear and non-parametric classification technique. The database used in AncesTrees is composed by 23 craniometric variables from 1,734 individuals, representative of six major ancestral groups and selected from the Howells’ craniometric series.


The purpose of CRANID is to assess a skull’s probable biological ancestry, in the  broad geographical sense of the ‘ethnographic present’.

The package allows you to use multivariate methods of linear discriminant analysis and nearest neighbour discriminant analysis with 29 measurements on an individual skull. It assumes that the individual skull is within the range of variation of modern Homo sapiens. The skulls will be classified after automated comparison with 74 samples that include 3,163 skulls from around the world.

Authored by Richard Wright.