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Digital Archiving and Process Management in the Bavarian State Department of Monuments and Sites

Silke Jantos and C. Sebastian Sommer

Cite this as: Jantos, S. and Sommer, C.S. 2021 Digital Archiving and Process Management in the Bavarian State Department of Monuments and Sites, Internet Archaeology 58.


Over the last two decades, technical progress for archaeology within the Bavarian State Department of Monuments and Sites (BLfD) underwent rapid development. It began with the establishment of an information system (FIS) where the workflow of the Department of Archaeological Heritage is mapped. The next step consisted of standardisation of data capture for all institutions and companies undertaking excavation. In response, a homogeneous data model was developed and established through the application ExcaBook. In order to guarantee this solution would be used widely, an Importer was created to import data from other databases or applications. Hereafter it is also planned to process data from restoration and conservation projects, using a similar approach in order to work towards improving data exchange between all related sciences.

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  • Keywords: archaeology, digital archiving, excavation, database, data exchange, import, administration and evaluation of archaeological data, restoration, conservation, data flow, ExcaBook, Bavaria, Germany
  • Accepted: 21 January 2021. Published: 31 May 2021
  • Funding: This article was funded by SEADDA as part of COST Action 18128, Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union
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Corresponding author: Silke JantosORCID logo
Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege

Sebastian SommerORCID logo
Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege

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Figure 1: Example of metadata for an excavation recorded in FIS

Figure 2: Mapped heritage sites (red), excavation measures (blue or yellow), planning (pink border) and other activities within the FIS

Figure 3: Tables within ExcaBook

Figure 4: The table 'Feature' and its attributes

Figure 5: Data flow within the BLfD

Kaltenthaler, D. 2018 Supporting the Workflow of Archaeo-related Sciences by Providing Storage, Sharing, Analysis, and Retrieval Methods, Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades an der Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Statistik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; 15.02.2018.

Kaltenthaler, D., Lohrer, J., Kröger, P., van der Meijden, C., Wanke, T., Sassen, I., Jantos, S., Rahm, A., Wanninger, R., Haberstroh, J. and Sommer, S. 2020 ExcaBook v20.3, Software, München.

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