SWAD: Scottish Wetlands Archaeological Database

ArcMap Download Help Pages

The downloading of data from SWAD and SPA Database into ArcMap was tested on ESRI® ArcMap 8.2™. If you have any problems please contact Anthony Newton, your computing support or ESRI. For instructions on using ArcView click here. These instructions assume a basic knowledge about ArcMap.

Instructions on importing sites into ArcMap

Downloading data from SWAD and SPA Database:
  1. First search either the SWAD or SPA Database. This should produce a list of sites, at the base of which will be an option to download a file that can be imported into either ArcMap or ArcView.
  2. Choose the ArcMap option and click on the download file button. After a short pause a dialogue box will appear asking whether you wish save a file called arcmapfile.csv to disk. Click on the OK button and save the file to an appropriate folder. You can rename the file to whatever you want, but keep the .csv suffix. (Note that file you have downloaded contains a list of files with XY coordinates as Ordnance Survey northings and eastings.
Importing arcmapfile.csv into ArcMap:
  1. Open ArcMap and load a map of Scotland or the part of Scotland you are interested in.
  2. Click on the Add Data button.
  3. Select arcmapfile.csv (or whatever you have named the file) and load file.
  4. The file should now be loaded and displayed in the Table of Contents (TOC) on the left hand side of the screen.
  5. Right click with the mouse on the reference to the file you have just loaded in the TOC and select Display XY Data...
  6. A Display XY Data window will appear. Select Eastings for the X Field and Northings for the Y Field. Click OK.
  7. The file should now appear in the TOC as an Event and the sites should be represented as dots on your map.
Setup the hyperlink option in ArcMap:
  1. Right click on the Event and choose Properties... from the base of the menu.
  2. In the Layer Properties Window which is now open select the Display tab, select Support Hyperlinks, choose URL from the drop down list and select URL from the next options. The form should look like this. Choose OK.
Select a site and query SWAD or SPA Database:
  1. Click the yellow Hyperlink symbol on the Tool Bar which should be visible next to your map.
  2. Select the site you want more information about by clicking on it with the left mouse button. Your browser should be automatically launched and the results of your search displayed.


This project is funded by Historic Scotland
Institute of Geography, The University of Edinburgh AOC Archaeology Group Historic Scotland