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Archaeology and Anthropology: Use Webpages

Some main websites

These are some websites it's worth visiting. At the bottom of the page you can sample some of the most popular online resources directly. Archeology and Anthropology overlap of course, so it's worth checking out websites listed under each tab in this guide. 

  • ABZU: This is a guide to data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.
  • ADS: Archaeological Data Service: This is a core resources and really useful digital repoistory maintained by the University of York. 
  • Art & Archaeology artifact browser: This is the Perseus Digital Collection run by Tufts University in the United States. 
  • Beazley Archive: Site run by Oxford's classical art research centre.
  • Becoming Human - multimedia resources on various aspects of evolution. 
  • Council for Digital Archeology: This is a registered charity in the UK which works to involve more people in archeology, and toi promote the preservation and care of historic resources. 
  • Current Archaeology: This is the website for the archeological magazine of the same title. It requires a subscription for full access, but the book reviews can be very helpful.
  • English Heritage: Website for the heritage charity. Historic England: website for English heritage focusses more on legal and technical issues
  • The Digital Archaeological Record: This website is a repository of details of archeological investigations, run by Digital Antiquity.
  • The American Anthropological Association: This has a very helpful podcasts and webinars page (see the example below).
  • The Anthropological Index Online is published by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) in cooperation with Anthropology Library and Research Centre at the British Museum. You can use it for citations searching across multiple journals. 
  • African Archeology net - this is connected with the Anthropology Resources on the Internet site which is no longer maintained. It has a good list of maps, books and journals. 
  • Don's Maps: Use with some care, but this site has many useful well researched resources
  • Harvard's Digital Atlas of Roman & Medeival civilizationmakes available GIS mapping data for the ancient world. It's maintained by researchers at Harvard, and gets fairly regular updates, and has good links to other sites. 
  • Soilscapes Soilscapes is a 1:250,000 scale, simplified soils dataset covering England and Wales. It was created from the more detailed National Soil Map (NATMAPvector) with the purpose of effectively communicating a general understanding of the variations which occur between soil types, and how soils affect the environment.

Search engines for research

Is Google the only way to search the web?

It has its uses, but here are some other search engines you can use, some of which may be much more helpful for academic work.

  • Sweetsearch: This is a search engine for students (www.sweetsearch,com). It is limited to good quality authoritative resources, but works just like Google.
  • BASE: Otherwise known as the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine has access to more than 100 million documents, which are to some extent checked for quality by those who run the search engine.
  •  A U.S. site which searches over 60 databases and 2200 websites all with US government science information. 
  • Google Scholar. It's not a bad resource to use, although it doesn't have anywhere near the functionality of mySearch, and you'll find lots of articles you can't access. 
  • Zanran: This search engine is for finding data and statistics. It has examples of popular searches to guide you. 

Social Media

These are useful general resources for using social media for academic work and research. 

  • A-Z of social media for academia: The Times guide for using social media for university work.
  • Endemic: A site full of helpful tips and articles on using social media to help with your education.
  • Social Media: a guide for researchers: Looks at the ways  researchers can use social media in their research.
  • Student Guide to Social Media: Not about using psychology resources: Looks at the most common sociaql media toosl and helps you to navigate and get the best our of them. Developed by the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and York.