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About Archaeology UK

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Designed to Research and Map British Ancient Site Locations

Archaeology UK's ARCHI Database


A Year's Subscription to the ARCHI UK Database

ARCHI UK is the database of more than 190,000+ British Archaeological Sites covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. It is regularly updated with 10,000 new additions made to the database every year.

A subscription to the ARCHI UK Archaeological and Historical Sites Index Service also includes an upgrade to the data available to the ARCHI Discover Archaeology App. This app gives you the added benefit of researching the 190,000+ sites when you are out fieldwalking too. The app links all of the sites in the ARCHI database to your phone's Sat/Nav and Satellite Navigation system (GPS system) and hence provides you with a route to travel to these sites.

The precise locations of more than 50,000 Roman sites, 30,000 Iron Age / Celtic sites, 25,000 Bronze Age sites, nearly 20,000 Saxon sites, 50,000 medieval sites and many, many more ancient and miscellaneous sites are listed in the UK database. Plus there are links to road maps and aerial photographs showing the location of the sites on the ground.

The cost of a year's subscription to the ARCHI UK database of UK Archaeological Sites is £29.95. You can subscribe with PayPal by clicking the PayPal Subscribe button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can set one up and subscribe by also clicking the Subscribe button below.

Many beautiful and historically significant coins & artefacts and previously unknown ancient sites have already been found and reported by field walkers and metal detectorists who have used the ARCHI iUK database for their research.

By subscribing to ARCHI UK you automatically gain quick and easy access to information on more than 190,000+ UK archaeological sites.

Each record includes the map reference (co-ordinate) of each site with a link to a road map and an aerial photograph.

In addition, the database also holds data on archaeologically significant field names and place-names from historical records such as the Tithe Apportionment lists and ancient documents. It is believed that ARCHI UK is the only database where this information can be searched via Postcodes, Places and Co-ordinates and accessed within an archaeological context.

The ARCHI UK database (Archaeological Sites Index) contains details of sites mentioned in rare books and archaeological reports / surveys which are not easily found outside specialist libraries.

The 190,000+ UK archaeological sites listed in the ARCHI UK (ARCHI UK) database come from published sources such as hundreds of archaeological reports, county archaeological journals, findspots reported by archaeologists, fieldwalkers and metal detectorists and treasure hunters who have previously reported their finds while treasure hunting. The data from a search links to aerial photographs of sites enabling you to view many fascinating cropmarks and pinpoint the exact locations of the sites recorded in the database on the ground. The field-name data is of special interest because it can lay the ground for the discovery of previously unknown historic and ancient sites and further our knowledge and understanding of Britain's history.

There is continuous work on the development of new technical features designed to further simplify the the identification and location of existing and new archaeological sites in the UK.

Further, every record is has direct links to an aerial photograph, a local road map showing the position of the site and also to a 19th Century Map showing the area of the site as it was.

Note that public access to this database is not available anywhere else.t for one year. Also, you will be able to gain access to any new information for one year when it is added to the database for no extra cost.

ARCHI UK License Agreement

License: Personal, non-commercial or educational use for a single user only. Block subscriptions can be purchased for Academic institutions, clubs and societies and the subscription rate depends upon the number of users. See below for more information on multiple user subscriptions.

Please contact us via e-mail at if you wish to purchase a block subscription.

Payment by Mail Order

Please make your cheque or postal order for £29.95 and made payable to "Digital Documents" and send your payment to the following address:

Digital Documents, 10 Ormeley Road, Balham, London, SW12 9QE, UK

But don't forget to let us know the password you would like to use for the internet version of ARCHI UK.

Individual, Group, Club or Institutional Subscriptions



For individuals, the cost of a year's subscription to the ARCHI UK database of UK Archaeological Sites is £29.95

Group, Club or Institutions

Multiple access to ARCHI UK is open to groups and institutions and the yearly subscription rate depends on the size of the faculty and the projected number of users.

Club and Society subscriptions start at £95 per annum.

Institutional online subscriptions start at £175 per annum.

Institutions have the choice of accessing the data via a password or automatically through the institution's IP address(es).

If you would like your group or institution to subscribe to ARCHI UK then ask your librarian or representative to e-mail us at

We accept payment either by cheque or PayPal.

Click here to return to ARCHI UK's search page.


Access to the full database is immediate if you subscribe online using the PayPal payment system. Otherwise your subscription will be activated within five working days after the time we receive your cheque payment.

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Ancient Bronze Age Celtic Iron Age Roman Anglo-Saxon Medieval UK Sites

About Us


The following articles on the theme of Metal Detecting and Community Archaeology have been published:

Connecting with our Ancestors: June 2011

How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 1

How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 2

How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 3

Metal Detecting as Community Archaeology: Enabling citizens to discover their own heritage: December 2010

Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 1

Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 2

Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 3

Treasure Hunting Front Cover: Metal Detecting vs Archaeology: Social Inclusion as opposed to Academic Exclusion?

ARCHI UK History

Archaeology UK has been created as a portal around the "ARCHI" database which we have developed since 1999.

The database was initially constructed to address the lack of easily available information relating to the distrubution of archaeological sites. This was particularly evident during my time as a student of archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

A well presented assignment would require a knowledge of the distribution of UK archaeological sites and how the landscape / geology / availability of materials etc could influence that distribution. However, one could not begin to discuss the latter without a knowledge of the former and as it was very difficult at the time to find the precise site locations within the literature, it was necessary to create my own database holding this information.

This lack of information also contributed to a missed opportunity in the my early youth to "discover" archaeology. It was known that "somewhere" on the moors was a Roman Fort. This notion obviously inspired all sorts of imaginings and was a distraction from the sometimes grim reality of life on a council estate in a Northern town. However, despite attempts to find its location from teachers, the local library etc, myself nor my equally inspired friends could find out where it was. Hence, at least the opportunity to challenge the stereotypical view that a "gang" of kids from the town could only be up to no good was missed.

The above are the initial reasons for ARCHI's conception, however, this initial concept became a labour of love and a desire for completeness. Further, technological advances such as the rise of the internet and the ability to integrate information from different databases hosted by different web sites coupled with my passion for all things archaeological, presented a challenge which could not be resisted. Hence, the continued development of the database.

Data Sources

The data within ARCHI UK has been sourced from a wide range of publications ranging from specialist books to the "mainstream" archaeological journals such as Britannia, Council for British Archaeology Reports etc. Additionally, data has been sourced from archaeological surveys published by various Local Historical / Archaeological Societies and Field Groups.

For a list of all the journal titles represented in ARCHI UK click here.

A small but increasing number of records are "personal communications" from field walkers. However, we only publish these findspots on our site if the finder is known to us and hence we can personally validate the source.

Who uses ARCHI UK?

ARCHI UK has a worldwide reach. We have had subscriptions from British and American University Archaeology / History Departments, Schools, Archaeological Societies & Clubs, County Archaeology Departments, Archaeological Consultancies, Archaeology students and Hobbyists from Australia to Mexico.


A Year's Subscription to the ARCHI UK database

Price: 29.95

Contact Us

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ARCHI is an internet-based service. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to: