By using the internet, an archaeologist has instant access to a huge amount of information or data, which allows them to work out what is happening with the piece of land on which they are looking for clues. They can look at lots of different places to find out more. For example, they might visit these web sites:
- The Land Registry website. This tells you who owns the land. It is important to know this as the landowner will own of all the objects found on their land as well unless they are Treasure. In that case the Landowner is entitled to a reward if a museum wishes to claim the object.
- The local Historic Environment Record (HER) websites. These tell you information about archaeological sites, artefacts and listed buildings in the local area. These used to be called Sites and Monuments Records.
- The MAGIC website. This is a government website, which gives loads of information about what the land you want to know about is used for.
- The Ordnance Survey website. This holds lots of really good maps. A useful tool called get-a-map can give you the National Grid Reference for your parish or village! Why don't you go and try it.
- The Portable Antiquities Scheme Database. This holds records of objects found by the public when doing hobbies or work. It fills in the gaps on the Historic Environment Record, which is mainly for data that comes from archaeological excavations by professional archaeologists.
- Museum and other archaeology or history organisations’ websites. These quite often have galleries of objects and archaeologists can use these to help them identify objects.
The internet is a great tool - you don't need to be in your office or place of work to use it, and it allows you to print off or save data to take away and use again.