ARIADNE Workshop on On-line Resources, CAA 2014, PARIS

Partners from the ARIADNE project hosted a workshop at CAA in Paris to introduce archaeological researchers to a variety of on-line data resources, including those held the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), ARACHNE at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Fasti Online at the International Association of Classical Archaeology (AIAC), and the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), an international digital repository based in America for the digital records of archaeological investigations.

Welcome by Catherine Hardman of ADS.

Michael Charno started the workshop with an overview of the work of the ADS ( with a special focus on the work they undertake to make the data they host freely and openly available for reuse, not only by individual researchers and users but other data providers.

Keith Kintigh from the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) ( gave an interesting presentation on the work of this digital archive based in the USA. Keith gave an overview of the types of data that they accept, the organisations with whom they work and tDAR’s innovative approach to deposition and charging.

Jess Ogden then gave a presentation about Fasti On-line ( and the bringing together of a wide range of the excavation information from across the ‘Roman’ world. Fasti on-line provides a database of excavations since 2000, providing a record in English and in the local language for each season. Each participating country is responsible for uploading the data it gathers.

Marcel Riedel and Fabian Scheler from ARACHNE ( showed the workshop participants this resource which provides archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes, in both English and German.