Internet Archaeol 15. Murray. Summary

National Inventories: from catalogues to computers

Diana Murray

National Monuments Record of Scotland, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh. EH8 9NX, UK

Cite this as: Murray, D. 2004 National Inventories: from catalogues to computers, Internet Archaeology 15.


This article reviews the development of online national archaeological records, and the changes brought about by the shift in focus towards computer-based inventories and their wider accessibility through the Internet. It identifies a series of issues that have arisen at least partly as a result of this wider dissemination of information, and proposes a number of ways forward.

(Note: while including references to the NMRs in England and Wales, this article largely reflects the experiences and concepts of the National Monuments Record of Scotland).

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