A total of 12 primary searches are now available, enabling the database to be queried on location (administrative areas and grid references) and type of archaeological record. The database can also be searched on the type of soil the archaeological record was found in and on the protected nature of a record or site. From each primary query it is then possible to obtained detailed information about each record. Cross linking queries are also available. These searches are divided into three types of search: Archaeological, Locational and Environmental. These divisions are simply to help when searching the database and it is also possible to combine searches to look for particular types of archaeological record in an administrative area.
Note that this database is linked to the SPA Database and it is also possible to search for palaeoecological sites close to wetland archaeological records. This option is available under the Soil, Land Cover and Status information which is displayed once the details on a particular record are listed.
Archaeological searches allow the database to be searched by the name of the wetland archaeological record, by the class and class type of the record. It is also possible to find records whose sites are protected by both environmental and archaeological legislation.
Locational searches enable wetland archaeological records within various administrative areas to be found. These include council areas, parishes and pre-April 1996 districts and regions. It is also possible to search for records on islands. A clickable map allows records to be found without knowing their specific locations. It is also possible to search between Ordnance Survey grid references.
As well as finding all of the wetland archaeological records within an area, it is also possible to limit your search to particular types of archaeology. Note that searching for all of the sites within some large geographic areas can result in many records being retrieved (e.g. Highland Region has over 2700 records). If at all possible try to limit your search by choosing particular types of archaeological record or using a smaller geographical area.
The environmental searches enable wetland archaeological sites with particular types of soil to be searched. It is also possible to locate those sites with environmental or archaeological protection. For example you can find records which are within SSSIs, ESAs or Designated Landscape Areas and those affected by a structure plan or those sites which are scheduled.
Note that this database is linked to the SPA Database and it is also possible to search for palaeoecological sites close to wetland archaeological records.