A New Website for Archaeology
Do you have an interest in archaeology? Would you like to know what has been found in your local area, or want to know more about how people lived in Wiltshire in the past? If so, then you might be interested to access our new website that allows you to research the finds, buildings, sites and monuments that exist on the county Historic Environment Record (HER).
The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a fantastic resource that holds information on all the currently known archaeology for Wiltshire and Swindon. This includes everything from Palaeolithic flint tools that are half a million years old to World War I practice trenches created only a hundred years ago – as well as everything in between! Using the HER can be fun and helps to guide your research, as it can tell you about the character and date of archaeological sites/finds as well as how they have been investigated and where you can find more (such as in journals, books and reports).
The new website allows people to easily search the archaeology of Wiltshire and presents data on both a map and dynamic database. To have a go, click to visit the HER homepage
The new website is easier to use than our previous one and allows you to search by the following themes:
• Unique identifier number – so you can find records you’ve accessed before…
• Keyword – to find particular find/site types – such as castles or axeheads!
• Site name – for place names you know like your parish church or famous sites like Stonehenge!
• Period – so you can see all Roman artefacts or all prehistoric archaeology we know about…
• Grid reference – if you know exactly where you want to research - whether rural or urban!
You can also browse by navigating the interactive map – which can show both Ordnance Survey mapping or aerial photography. You can pan and zoom using the tools and the grid reference of your location handily shows at the top in case you need it!
Once you’ve located an area, or set of records, you can find out what information we have by either clicking the point on the map or the record in the database. This brings up a pop up window that shows the full details for that HER record – including what is known and what the origin of this information is. Many of the sources listed on an HER record can be viewed at the History Centre in Chippenham if you want to visit, or may even be available in your local library, university or online.
You’ll also notice that the website highlights records in the database and pulses the location point on the map so you never get lost! But once you are ready to look at something else you simply need to hit the ‘Clear Search’ box and you can delve into something else of interest.
So please do have a go and see what you can find on the HER and let us know what you think. It may be in the future there’ll be even more search options for you to enjoy, and the number of records we have in the database is always growing – so it’s always worth checking back in future.
Wiltshire and Swindon Historic Environment Record Manager