Welcome to ARCHI, The Worldwide Archaeological and Historic Sites Index with Maps. If you haven't done so already, try a search now and see for yourself why so many people are using ARCHI to research the history of their area.
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Find old British Ordnance Survey and rare old maps maps with your postcode, placename or co-ordinate - even your current location. The maps are free to view too!
Here you can find high-resolution older antique maps of English and Welsh counties (17th century), old maps of Ireland from the late 16th century and maps representing London in Anglo-Saxon times.
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Type in the name of a country (Excluding the UK) and what you are searching for such as 'France Castle'. This will search the database of the positions of more than 200,000 archaeological sites and worldwide landscape features.
Find place-names and build maps of places in England, Scotland and Wales likely to have nearby archaeology and history relating to the meaning of that place name.
If you're interested in genealogy or family history, you can check whether your surname matches to a British Place-name. It may help see where your ancestors might have come from.
Find old Ordnance Survey maps with your postcode, placename or co-ordinate - even your current location. The maps are free to view too!
Whether you're at home on your laptop or outside with your mobile, the 'My Location' button will show you a map of wherever you are.
The maps also show Roman roads.
A set of 52 rare English County old maps dating from 1724, very old maps of Ireland and a Saxon map of London are here.
The image gallery includes old photographs of archaeological, ancient and historic sites including the 1st ever aerial photographs of an archaeological site - Stonehenge from a ballon in 1906.
Here you will find out how to use farmers' field names from 'Tithe Maps' to locate lost archaeological sites. There are also tips for metal detectorists and fieldwalkers to significantly increase your find rates. Once you do find treasure, a summary of the legal process you must follow is on this page.
Many English villages, hamlets and farmsteads names go back to Anglo-Saxon times. The Anglo-Saxon map of London below (created by Matt Brown of The Londonist), shows many names that are still part of modern London today.
The cost of a subscription to the ARCHI UK database of UK and Worldwide Archaeological Sites is £3.95 per month or save by subscribing annually for £39.95 (both including VAT). You can subscribe with PayPal by clicking the PayPal Subscribe button below. If you don't have a PayPal account, the set-up process is very quick and easy and you will have immediate access to all the upgrade features mentioned below. Alternatively, you can send a cheque (see below).
IMPORTANT NOTE. Please be aware that you may experience a short delay upon completion of the PayPal checkout before you are directed to the ARCHI Member password setup page.
ARCHI UK is the database of more than 200,000 British Archaeological Sites covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. It is regularly updated with 10,000 new additions made to the database every year. If you haven't done so already, try a search now at www.archiuk.com/search and see for yourself why so many people are using ARCHI to research the ancient history of their area.
Anyone can do a search of the ARCHI database and find out what has been found in your area. Becoming an ARCHI subscriber will tell you where it was found.
The ARCHI service is used by a wide range of people for a wide range of purposes. From world-renown academic institutions such as Princeton University to Metal Detectorists, Field Walkers, Ramblers, Local Historians and all sorts of people from all walks of life who share one thing in common - a combination of a love of the outdoors and a fascination with the historical landscape. Here's what some of them have said about the service:
I must congratulate you on ARCHI. It's a wonderful resource Ted Fletcher, Godfather Metal Detecting Journalist and Writer
Myself and Mo have used ARCHI UK almost since its inception by Chris Kutler many years ago. Obviously its even better today and is an amazing tool for the detectorist, beginner or expert. Brian Cross, Founder of UK Detectornet.
I find ARCHI fascinating, looking at the old maps and the related archaeology to where I live and other places I'm interested in. Paul, ARCHI Subscriber
I've only one word for you... LEGEND. The site is one of the BEST resources I've ever had the pleasure of using and I'm super thankful for your superb work. James, ARCHI Subscriber
I use the ARCHI website to note archaeological sites in an area when I'm planning a walk for the Doncaster Ramblers. In fact I've been researching such a walk today, the main feature being the mesolithic site at Deepcar. In other words, I love the site!. David from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. ARCHI Subscriber since 2009.
By taking out a subscription your search results will be enhanced with a distribution map of all the sites from your search. This has been designed to enable you to quickly see the most interesting archaeological zones in your areas of interest. Further, the GPS co-ordinates of the sites shown from your search plus aerial photographs and modern road maps showing the position of the site on the ground are given. You will also be able to view the location of the site on older maps (19th Century, mid-20th century) - invaluable it you want gain a deeper understanding of the historical landscape in the area of the site.
The precise locations (as GPS co-ordinates and marked on maps) of tens of thousands of Prehistoric, Roman, Iron Age / Celtic sites, Bronze Age, Saxon and Medieval sites and later sites are listed in the UK database. Plus there are links to road maps and aerial photographs showing the location of the sites on the ground.
Many beautiful and historically significant coins & artefacts and previously unknown ancient sites have already been found and reported by field walkers and metal detectorists who have used the ARCHI iUK database for their research.
By subscribing to ARCHI UK you automatically gain quick and easy access to information on more than 200,000+ UK archaeological sites.
Each record includes the map reference (co-ordinate) of each site with a link to a road map and an aerial photograph.
In addition, the database also holds data on archaeologically significant field names and place-names from historical records such as the Tithe Apportionment lists and ancient documents. It is believed that ARCHI UK is the only database where this information can be searched via Postcodes, Places and Co-ordinates and accessed within an archaeological context.
The ARCHI UK database (Archaeological Sites Index) contains details of sites mentioned in rare books and archaeological reports / surveys which are not easily found outside specialist libraries.
The 200,000+ UK archaeological sites listed in the ARCHI UK (ARCHI UK) database come from published sources such as hundreds of archaeological reports, county archaeological journals, findspots reported by archaeologists, fieldwalkers and metal detectorists and treasure hunters who have previously reported their finds while treasure hunting. The data from a search links to aerial photographs of sites enabling you to view many fascinating cropmarks and pinpoint the exact locations of the sites recorded in the database on the ground. The field-name data is of special interest because it can lay the ground for the discovery of previously unknown historic and ancient sites and further our knowledge and understanding of Britain's history.
There is continuous work on the development of new technical features designed to further simplify the the identification and location of existing and new archaeological sites in the UK.
Further, every record is has direct links to an aerial photograph, a local road map showing the position of the site and also to a 19th Century Map showing the area of the site as it was.
Note that public access to this database is not available anywhere else. Also, you will be able to gain access to any new information for one year when it is added to the database for no extra cost.
A subscription to the ARCHI UK and ARCHI Worldwide databases are for one year and will be renewed automatically. Most ARCHI subscribers prefer this than to find their subscription has expired when they are out in the field and need to use the service.
However, you can simply cancel any future re-subscription payments via your PayPal acount anytime before the next subscription period.
The following articles on the theme of Metal Detecting and Community Archaeology have been published:
How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 1
How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 2
How objects can enable us to connect with our ancestors: Part 3
Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 1
Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 2
Why 'community archaeology'?: Part 3
Treasure Hunting Front Cover: Metal Detecting vs Archaeology: Social Inclusion as opposed to Academic Exclusion?
ARCHI UK has a worldwide reach. We have had subscriptions from British and American University Archaeology / History Departments, Schools, Archaeological Societies & Clubs, County Archaeology Departments, Archaeological Consultancies, Archaeology students and Hobbyists from Australia to Mexico.