There is an awful lot of material out there on the web about archaeology. So we’ve put together a webilography for you! From the prehistory of Britain and Europe to Ancient Egypt to the Maya, and quite frankly some of it is awful! To save you some time and trouble we have gathered together some of the better, and in some case more academic, sites that should help you get to grips with the subject matter. We will be updating our webilography for you as we find more!
Archaeology Data Service – The Archaeology Data Service based at the University of York has a searchable database where you can find sites from all periods in your area.
British Archaeology – The Council for British Archaeology’s bi-monthly magazine with many items about prehistory – recommended.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme – Homepage of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Includes a searchable database of finds recorded here. Useful to find local material from all periods.
Archaeology at the BBC – Archaeological selections from the BBC archives.
Stone Age Tools – A good example of what a keen amateur archaeologist can do.
The Prehistoric Society – The Society is made up of professionals, amateurs, students and more! Plenty of resources to help you find your way around prehistory.
ScARF – The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). The sites states “It should be seen as a live document that will be constantly updated, edited and improved.” If you want to know anything about Scotland’s past, you’ll probably find it here.
The Culture Grid – Around 3 million items from hundreds of collections on all topics and easily searched!
Derbyshire Archaeological Society – Most, if not all, counties as well as some towns and cities have an archaeological society. We’ve put this one in because its local to us! Have a look on the web for your area.
Ancient Lands is a new site which it says “aims to present archaeological and historical information from sites, museums and research investigations to a global audience using computer-aided reconstructions.” Mostly Orkney sites so far, but looks promising.
Crossrail have recently launched a new website that has 360º views of excavations, artefacts and more which is great! From Roman through medieval and beyond it provides a fascinating look at the major project in London.
The British Museum – Gateway to a world of world knowledge!
Natural History Museum – Explore the Natural History Museum’s pages on human evolution
National Museum of Wales – The museum has articles, images etc to help teach the Stone Age to Iron Age.
The Archaeology of Childhood is a joint venture between The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA), Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council’s Historic Environment Team who, with HLF funding, produced an exhibition about the archaeology of childhood.
And on Twitter
@Pottedhistory Experimental archaeologist specialising in pots from prehistory.
Prehistory – Climate and environment
The Ice Age – Clear and concise account of the extent of the last ice age with excellent maps.
PalaeoTHOUGHTS – Blog by Dr Andy Shuttleworth of Liverpool University. Interesting reading on the Palaeolithic on a global scale.
Prehistory – Paleolithic sites/projects
Ancient Human Occupation of Britain – Website of the project which has been working on . . . early human occupation of Britain. Academic but useful in places.
Boxgrove – An outstanding Palaeolithic site in West Sussex.
The English Rivers Project – Research on the rivers of ancient Britain – you may be surprised!
Art from the Ice Age is more than cave paintings, and the Bradshaw Foundation site has excellent images of some of the earliest human sculpture ever made.
There is also a short piece by one of the research team on the cave art at – Creswell Cave Art
The Quest for Fire – An interesting blog which discusses the changing image of Neanderthals and other human ancestors over time.
The Rocks Remain – A good blog on the Palaeolithic, Neanderthals and more.
Paviland Cave – A multi-period site which includes of one of the earliest known human burials in Europe.
Pontnewydd Cave – A Neanderthal site dating back 230,000 years.
La Cotte de St Brelade – Recent public lecture on excavations by Dr Matt Pope of UCL. You can also download from iTunes U.
Star Carr Fieldwork – Homepage of the project which has told us so much about Mesolithic Britain.
Mesolithic lifestyles – An excellent piece on the Mesolithic in Scotland.
Mesolithic in Central & Western Scotland is a very readable piece by Dr Nyree Finlay of Glasgow University.
Of course no webilography is complete with a mention of possibly the most famous archaeological sites of all!
Avebury and Stonehenge:
Avebury and Stonehenge – Blog from the National Trust archaeology team.
Neolithic Houses – Details of a project which has re-created houses from the time of Stonehenge.
Stones of Stonehenge – Really useful site which has lots of images of all the stones!
The Stonehenge World Heritage Site Landscape – an interactive resource which has research reports from projects in the area. There is also a new site which offers an interactive map to find out more on burial mounds at The Stonehenge Barrow Map
Dorstone Hill– a Neolithic site in Herefordshire which is unique. Ian has been a member of the team for several years, and you can read his blog from this season’s work.
And in local news – Arbor Low – Project looking the the landscape around Arbor Low a Neolithic monument in the Peak District.
Great Orme Mines – The site of a copper mine dated to the Bronze Age, and you can visit it!
Must Farm – A fantastic site near Peterborough which is still being excavated. Huge amount of material found in a settlement built on stilts on the edge of a waterway.
Durotriges Big Dig – Run by the University of Bournemouth this project is examining the transition between the Late Iron Age and the coming of the Romans in southern Britain. If you are aged over 16 you can even take part!
The Broch Project – A broch is an Iron Age period structure built of stone are local to Scotland. This site details a project based in Caithness in the far north.
The Cairns Project – Another Scottish site, this time looking at a project on South Ronaldsay in Orkney.
Celtic Studies Resources – a wide ranging blog that gives useful insights into ‘The Celts’.
History Today – often features Iron Age and/or Roman material including this review of the BBC’s Blood Iron & Sacrifice by Dr Rachel Pope of University of Liverpool.
The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain An excellent on-line resource with a searchable database allowing you to find Roman settlements in your area – n.b. not towns!
Anglo-Saxon Archaeology – Blog of freelance archaeologist David Beard. Focus is on Anglo-Saxons but other periods get a look-in too!
Jorvik – The really popular and excellent Jorvik Centre in York. We visited with our children and they were impressed too!
10 little known facts about the ever popular Ancient Egyptians. You may well be surprised!