Archaeological Reference Resources Project

A new project has begun to compile information on the Reference Resources used by researchers in the study of artefacts and ecofacts, and will be completed in mid-2015. Reference Resources comprise catalogues, corpora and other synthetic works (published and online) as well as physical reference collections, such as pottery fabric series.

The Archaeological Reference Resources Project will compile a uniform database, identify problems with existing Reference Resources (e.g. out of print or hard to access), and establish significant gaps in current provision. The project team will engage widely with specialist societies and other organisations (such as CIfA Special Interest Groups), as well as individual researchers, and will produce a report on the current state of play.

The project has been commissioned by English Heritage and is being carried out by Rachel Edwards (Arboretum Archaeological Consultancy) and Hal Dalwood (Hal Dalwood Archaeology and Heritage). More detailed information on the project, and contact details for the project team, are available at the project website:

This project is an outcome of the broader English Heritage Strategy for Developing Research Resources led by Dan Miles of English Heritage: