Theme: History and Archaeology

Theme: History and Archaeology


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Any ideas about history and archaeology data resources are welcome.


History and archaeology are research areas rich in data. SND is currently working on several ongoing projects to increase accessibility to such research material. The collections are extensive and include data such as agricultural history, census data, rock carving data and GIS material from excavations. Since 2012 there are ongoing collaborations with, among others, the Swedish Rock Art Research Archives (SHFA), Department for Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University

SND is partner in the international EU-funded infrastructure project ARIADNE, launched in February 2013. Out of 17 of the projects work packages SND is participating in six. The aim of the project is to bring together and integrate existing research data infrastructures in archeology so that researchers from different countries can use European archaeological digital datasets efficiently. The idea is that, with the help of new and powerful techniques, the datasets can be used as an integral part of the archaeological research methodology. Archaeological material made available at SND will be searchable through Ariadne's search system.

One of the purposes with describing and making research data available within the humanities and other areas is to create possibilities for researchers to re-use research data, for example in new combinations of the material. Perhaps GIS material from excavations could be combined with raw data from the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD) and data from The database Sweden 1570-1810: population, agriculture, land ownership for new research purposes?

SND’s theme page on History and Archaeology is meant to demonstrate what is available in SND’s collections, as well as what other search services exist both internationally and nationally. The aim is to create a wider distribution for the existing research material.

SND welcomes more researchers to make digital research material from archaeology and history accessible as well as ensure long-term storage of the material. The goal is as always to facilitate the exchange of data within and across research areas. Please feel free to use our suggestion box on the right hand side if you have any further information or ideas about research data resources in history or archaeology.

Keywords: archaeology & history.

GIS material available for new analyzes

Since 2012, SND has published data to approximately 450 archaeological projects including their reports. The GIS-data is made available as shape files (viewer can be downloaded from ESRI's website. You can also download QGIS, an open-source software package.) bild på ett A. By late 2014, SND had published almost all GIS-data from a previous joint project with the University of Uppsala with the aim of making available and harmonizing the available data so that they become easier to use.

SND is currently working on making the GIS data from the project Ostlänken available. The material, consisting of approximately 130 studies, comes from archaeological surveys and investigations within the corridor of the planned double-track railway Ostlänken. The data covers the period 1965-2012 and contains largely older material in the form of, for example, excavation and construction plans which have been digitized and geo-referenced, but also digital documentation harmonized with other data to create a clear and comprehensive metadata structure.

Apart from the GIS-data from these compilations, SND also has other GIS materials in its web catalogue.


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Archaeological elite indicators from 1st Millennium AD Östergötland

Archaeological data collected in 2003-2009 for the purpose of identifying elite settlements in the Swedish province of Östergötland during the 1st Millennium AD.


Swedish census of population data i.a.: migration, fertility, mortality, employment and occupations 1890-1940.

Popular movement archive 1881-1950

Membership data from: labour unions belonging to the Swedish Trade union Confederation (LO), temperence unions, labour party etc. between 1881 and 1950, on municipality level.

The database Sweden 1570-1810: population, agriculture, land ownership

Agricultural statistics covering all parishes within Sweden’s contemporary boundaries and the periods around 1570, 1630, 1690, 1750 and 1810.


Swedish GIS material from archeological excavations.

Medieval churches in Scania

Floor plans and data registers on how building materials and construction techniques changed in the medieval stone church building in Skåne.

Memorialisation in Norrtälje, Mariehamn and Pargas: 1881-1939

Data about and photos of grave memorials in Norrtälje, Mariehamn and Pargas 1881-1939.

Press register 1938-1945

Register of articles with information such as subject matter, article author and origins. In total 27 Swedish newspapers have been studied, of which 20 during the entire period.

Swedish church customs

A nationwide inventory on how the life and manners of the Swedish people was rooted in Christian belief and church customshas. The inventory, based on questionnaires, has been repeated in 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986, 1995, 2002 and in 2008/2009.

National resources

Swedish National Heritage Board

The Swedish National Heritage Board’s search service targets both the public and researchers.

  • Kringla
    In Kringla you can search in several of the collections of Sweden’s museums and archives. Information regarding archeological remains, historical buildings, churches, objects and photographs.
  • Fornsök
    A search engine where you can reach information in the “fornminnesinformations-systemet (FMIS)”.

The National Archives of Sweden

The national archives of Sweden have a collection of databases and registries available. 

  • The national archival database
    Provides a national search engine to search digitised data from archives in Sweden. Contains contact information to archives in Sweden.
  • Sondera
    Here you can search three different sources at once, NAD, LIBRIS and SMDB (Swedish Media Database). Find out how an event is documented in TV and radio, etc.
  • Swedish Archive Information
    Swedish Archive Information – a department of the national archives. A subscription service where you can find information about records in public archives.

Historical Museum's collections

A search engine for the historical museum’s collections, for example archaeological sites, objects and inventory number.

A portal for historical statistics with focus on historical economics.

Swedish Rock Art Research Archives

Research databases with both contemporary as well as historical rock art documentation.

The Swedish Pompeii Project

Plans and other material from excavations initiated by the Swedish Institute in Rome.

The Strategic Environmental Archaeological database

Database with Swedish and European raw data from scientific analysis of archeological, quaternary geological and associated studies.

GIS data from länsstyrelserna

A search engine from the County administrative board (Länsstyrelserna), where you can preview and download data. For example cultural resources management and cultural reserves. (IN SWEDISH ONLY)

International resources

Archaeology Data Service

Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is a British archive and search engine that provides, for free, available digital archeological data.

Data Archiving and Network Services

Data Archiving and Network Services (DANS) is an archive and search engine from the Netherlands that provide digital data in different areas.

Open Archaeology

Open Archaeology is a community-based catalogue of archeological datasets on internet.

Open Context

A web-based research data publication site within the archaeology field among others.


GIS map and other materials related to Pompeii.

History Online

History online is a British search service with digital material within the historical field.


Foto 1: Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus