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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.


Where can I find data?

Excavation Reports

Here you can find a collection of archaeological excavation data from around the world and the necessary information how to access it. The data is sorted by country of the excavation site (not of the excavator).

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Antarctica
  • Africa
  •  Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Objects and Finds

The following hosts offer various  information on different types of objects and finds from museums, libraries, archives, excavations etc. As most databases offer different types of objects, from buildings information to books, and also from different periods, this list is (currently) not structured.

(Please add further sources and information how to access the data as comments / posts – we will integrate the data regularly. If you found any broken links, please report them below, too. THANKS!!!)