Reference resources are used in all areas of basic and applied research, to identify, classify, compare sites or provide chronological sequencing.
They include a wide range of typologies, reference collections (physical and online), classifications, thesauri and works of syntheses. These cover a wide range of topics, such as archaeological and historic building objects, types and materials, as well as environmental science ecofacts.
Examples of reference resources
The Ipswich Ware Project
Potsherd – online Atlas of Roman Pottery
The Sheffield University Zooarchaeology Laboratory - Reference Collection
Historic Environment thesauri and word lists – available from the Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH)
Introduction to Heritage Assets – Mills
Project to identify archaeological reference resources being used in the sector
Historic England has commissioned a project to identify what archaeological reference resources (typologies, reference collections etc) are being currently used by the sector. This project will provide a database of references resources that will be made available on this webpage shortly.
This project is being carried out by Arboretum and Dalwood Consultants and more information can be found on their website.
If you have any questions about the support and collaboration we offer to others involved in researching the historic environment, please email us at:
Research Resources Officer
Capacity Building Team