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New Consultation on Lithic Artefact Terminologies

The need to review the terminologies used for the recording and indexing of lithic artefacts has been highlighted in the recent HER enhancement projects for early prehistory. These found that ‘the current thesauri terms are not fit for purpose’ and have recommended that ‘a new list of lithic terminology should be developed and agreed by a panel of specialists and deployed ahead of further early prehistoric HER enhancement work’ (Catermole, A. 2018. A Review of Historic Environment Records Enhancement Projects for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic). Lithic terminologies were also one of the areas that were discussed in the FISH E-Conference a few years ago.

This consultation is being conducted through the lithic and prehistory specialist societies and is aimed at lithic specialists across the sector – freelance, in house unit, academic, museum etc.

The consultation is due to end on November 30th.

Lithic artefact terminology consultation Oct_Nov 2019

FISH Session at 2018 CAA-UK conference videos now online

At last year’s Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology UK (CAAUK) conference held in Edinburgh we held a special FISH session highlighting some of the recent applied work based on or associated with information standards.

The session outline is below and the videos are available online (along with a number of other excellent presentations covering a whole range of topics)….. enjoy…..

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FISH session – Making the Links: Practical Applications of Data Standards

The outcomes of data standards work provide the basis for a variety of applications used by archaeologists and information managers grappling with complex data sets. They allow information to be shared and accessed in increasingly innovative and flexible ways, by professional and public users alike, and the aim of this session is to look at current initiatives that demonstrate the way standards are being developed and used to share, link, and engage users.


The contribution of data standards to the ARIADNE project – Julian Richards

Spatial data standards matter too – Peter McKeague

Building a digital platform for research frameworks – Dan Miles and Doug Rocks-Macqueen

Changing the game – managing data with the Arches platform – Phil Carlisle