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Archaeological Data Service Guides to Good Practice

This site provides a number of guides compiled by experts all over the world for all aspects of a project's lifecycle from project planning, data collection and fieldwork through metadata, data analysis and visualization as well as archiving, storage and dissemination.

Please visit the guides at the Archaeology Data Service

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)

A service of Digital Antiquity, tDAR provides additional guidance and options for archiving digital archaeological data with metadata archiving forms for specific technologies and information on how to structure multi-year and/or multi-sensor projects.

Please visit The Digital Archaeological Record for more information.

SAA notes on NSF Data Management

The SAA has provided guidance on the NSF data management plan requirement. You can find the guidance here


Geospatial Modeling & Visualization

The Geospatial Modeling & Visualization (GMV) site has been developed to serve as a source of workflows for data acquisition and processing – largely of “unorganized” 3D data from sources such as photogrammetry, laser (and other) scanning and related technologies. As the Center has worked with project teams around the world it became clear that while access to instruments is essential, an equally critical element was to provide the access to the knowledge base that is needed to effectively utilize these devices. While there are a number of excellent tutorials and manuals available from the commercial vendors, as well as other resources from the user community, they frequently do not focus on the complex workflows that are necessary for effective field use and data processing of the acquired data. It was clear that this was an important limitation to the widespread adoption of these devices and, more importantly, the growth of high quality research data sets. Even where detailed documentation was available it was frequently difficult to focus in on the essential documentation elements needed. The Geospatial Modeling & Visualization (GMV) site has been developed to address this need. It consists of a substantial number of 3D data acquisition and processing workflows that are cross-indexed so that the necessary workflow can be identified.

Archaeological Geophysics for DoD Field Use

by Eileen G. Ernenwein & Michael L. Hargrave

The Archaeological Geophysics for DoD Field Use Guide.

This guidance document on sensor selection is intended to be useful to individuals who wish to become knowledgeable sponsors of geophysical surveys conducted by specialized consultants as well as to individuals who wish to learn to conduct their own surveys, and those who seek to advance from novice to more sophisticated practitioners.