The Archaeological Information System of the Czech Republic (AIS CR) is a platform for the integration of digital sources in Czech archaeology jointly operated by the Institutes of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Brno and Prague. Its primary objective is the application of the Archaeological Map of the Czech Republic (AMCR) information system in the practice of archaeological institutions and individuals in the Czech Republic, as well as to enrich and interconnect with other data sources presented through tailor-made tools. A key role in this is the processing of databases for the territory of Moravia and Czech Silesia and their subsequent publication together with sources from Bohemia. The AIS CR is registered in the Roadmap of Large Research Infrastructures of the Czech Republic for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Brno was the principal investigator of a project of the same name in 2016–2019; the project was extended in 2020 until 2022.
AIS CR tools
Archaeological Map of the Czech Republic (AMCR)
The AMCR is a software application that is used to gather data on planned fieldwork projects, divide archaeological fieldwork among the authorised organisations, and collect and publish information on their results. In the territory of Moravia and Czech Silesia, AMCR follows up on the DAEAV information system. The AMCR also includes a retrospective database of archaeological fieldwork, finds and sites, an interactive map, a digital field documentation archive and a set of bibliographic data, which is continuously updated.
As of 1 June 2017, the AMCR completely took over the system for the submission of the archaeological fieldwork documentation. All data and documents were transferred from the DAEAV database.
For complete instructions, manuals and the latest news, see the AMCR website.
Digital Archive of the AMCR
The digital archive is a web application designed to view digital documents deposited in the AMCR. It replaces the previous digital archive applications of both the Brno and Prague institutes. The interface is fully interlinked with the AMCR and provides access to the archived documents including additional descriptive and spatial data.
More information, documents and data concerning archaeological fieldwork, sites, individual finds and a 3D library can be found on the Digital archive website.
Archaeological Atlas of the Czech Republic
The aim of the Archaeological Atlas of the Czech Republic portal is to present the Czech Republic’s most interesting archaeological sites and facilitate their visit. The website is based on two published books and other sources. The pages contain a brief description of the archaeological sites, their geographic location, a photo gallery, maps and plans to download, chapters from printed guidebooks and a selection of both professional and popular articles in full-text form.
For more information, see the Archaeological Atlas of the Czech Republic website.
The portal presents digital information sources related to the knowledge of the past of the Czech landscape and Czech archaeology. The portal acts as a gateway providing often difficult to find information so that users can find existing infrastructures, registration systems, tools and portals. At the same time, and in the same place, it also provides examples of good practice concerning data management and data curation. The map describes the data content of selected sources.
For more information, see the Archaeology Online website.
TEATER – Thesaurus of Archaeological Terminology
TEATER provides access to archaeological terminology in the form of an interactive interface, with a special emphasis on use in libraries. It consists of subject entries from national authorities supplemented by other professional terms, including explanations and references.
The Thesaurus of Archaeological Terminology is intended for a wide range of users from among the professional and lay public interested in archaeology – from informed laymen to amateur archaeologists, new students of archaeology, librarians of archaeological institutions and professional archaeologists. The thesaurus aims to make archaeological terminology available to these groups of users. The thesaurus is comprised of subject entries from national authorities and other professional archaeological terms that are not listed in the national authority register. The thesaurus also contains entries from classical archaeology, anthropology, history, historiography, ethnology, art history, religious studies, geography and geology.
The Portal of Amateur Collaborators and Individual Find Register is an AMCR module focused on the administration of information on individual finds made during surface or less destructive survey techniques. It provides a base for efficient cooperation between the professional public and amateur collaborators.
The Portal of Amateur Collaborators and Individual Find Register (AMCR-PAS) is a logical outcome of the activities of the Institutes of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Brno and Prague in the field of cultural heritage care. Its objective is the systematic collection of information on finds resulting from the activities of amateur collaborators with the archaeological workplaces. The web portal bound to the AMCR system provides a platform where the results of this work can be registered and centrally stored. The AMCR-PAS is an integral part of the Archaeological Information System of the Czech Republic infrastructure (AIS CR).
See the AIS CR website to learn more.
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