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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

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.

SPARC Teaching Resources

These teaching resources have been created to encourage the reuse of digital archaeological data archived by SPARC, in accordance with the 'Reusability' FAIR principle. The repository contains multiple teaching materials designed to introduce university level students to working with archived spatial data. It introduces terminology and metadata, provides exercises with step-by-step instructions for the reanalysis and reinterpretation of models collected through former SPARC projects, and engages with issues and scholarship for each method. These resources can be found at and