Organizer: David BIBBY, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany | Christoph BLESL, Federal Monuments Authority, Vienna, Austria | Manuela FISCHER, Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany

Description of the workshop: An archaeological archive functions as repository for excavation data resulting from situations which can seldomly – more likely – never be reproduced. The archive preserves knowledge about find spots and sites containing potential answers to many and various questions and queries asked by science, cultural heritage, regional planning, tourism… how can the archive content be visualised I, say, mapping systems  to help to answer questions in local, regional, supraregional or European context?


  • Science – is there any data on the Hallstatt Culture in Area XY
  • Tourism – where can I see archaeology in the i.g. Enns area
  • Cultural Heritage –   Representation of archaeological areas for protection regional planning etc. – example = Bayern Viewer)
  • Definition of archive usage: for what is an archive responsible and for what it is not responsible? What imperatives are there for using an archaeological archive? In the case of historical archives

The processes and procedures are generally well known and well-rehearsed. Do archaeological archives need to catch up?

  • Which content should or can be made available?
  • For which target group(s) should content be visualised?
  • What is potential ingestible for an archaeological archive?
  • Of what does an archaeological archive consist?
  • What about principles, standards, legal bases?.
  • Which processes lead to successful archiving?
  • What, how and for whom must content be visualised:  Example INSPIRE (State departments, science, cultural heritage, tourism etc. Differing Levels of detail for differing wants?)
  • Effects of visualisation on, for example, scientific or public behaviour: eg. How might a map influence the behavior of universities, science, projects,  sponsorship etc. if it became visible that in a specific area  50% of 100 excavations of the La Tene Culture had been analysed and completed, whereas in the same area only 15% of 100 excavations of the Late Bronze Age had had the after work completed
  • Are there any tried and tested abstraction processes available which lead to appropriate visualisations of data? (Here we would like to attract specialists from any branch of science who have concerned themselves with this interesting topic).

Target group: Data Producers – Mediators of scientific knowledge – members of historic monuments authorities – inspire specialists and inspire users

Suggestion for course of Workshop: Impulse presentations and discussion. The goal is: Make visible to partners what the archaeological archive can offer. Help to understand complex archaeological archive data at a glance – for science, economic planning, tourism, politics, …. an inspire Topic.

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