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Subject Guide for Archeology and Sustainable Heritage Management

This subject guide offers you important resources within the field of Archaeology and Sustainable Heritage Management. This guide contains both general resources within archaeology but also specifically for prehistoric archaeology and the Middle Ages & Renaissance archaeology – to be found at the bottom of the page. You are more than welcome to contact us if you need help, or if you have suggestions for additional information for this guide.

Reference works

  • Den Store Danske Encyklopædi
    Besides Den Store Danske Encyklopædi, this resource contains a long list of reference works such as Gyldendal and Politikens History of Denmark, Prehistoric Denmark and the Danish Biographical Encyclopaedia. This resource is only in Danish.
  • Oxford Reference Online - Premium Collection
    E-book database containing a large collection of acknowledged reference works and dictionaries published by Oxford University Press among these the Oxford Companion Series. The entries are checked and updated throughout the year as well as extensively linked. Moreover, it also provides access to political and geographical maps, illustrations such as diagrams, historical timelines and a collection of quotes.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-book database containing reference works like encyclopedias and specialized reference sources mainly within the study of the humanities, theology, religion and social science. The Royal Library only has a license to the Gale eBooks selection (pre-selected for you).

Bibliographies and Article Databases

  • Anthropology Plus
    The most extensive bibliography within anthropology and archaeology. It is a mesh of the following bibliographies; Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from Royal Anthropological Institute. It covers the time period from the late 19th century until today. Various key journals are included along with a series of lesser known publications from around the world.
  • Anthrosource
    Journal database with full-text access to all of the American Anthropological Association’s publications within anthropology, ethnography and archaeology (despite from the name). All volumes – from the first to the latest – are included. Published by The American Anthropological Association (AAA).
  • Historical Abstracts
    Large bibliographical database that covers topics from the 1450’s and until today – it contains to an increasing extent some prehistoric archaeology. Geographically, it covers the whole world apart from the United States of America and Canada.
    Journal database with full-text access to the leading academic journals within all fields of studies. Usually it is not possible to access the most recent 3-5 volumes depending on the journal’s policy of access, but it is possible to access publications before that with some of them stemming back from the 16th-18th century. JSTOR is an independent non-profit business.
  • Scopus
    Scopus is both a journal database and a citation index. Scopus contains indexes from more journals than any other database and it is a good alternative to the more subject specific databases. Journals from 1996 and to this day are fully indexed. The strength of this resource lies within the citation/reference index.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science (WoS) is both a journal and citation index with references to articles within all fields of studies. There is a full-text access to large parts of the database. WoS includes these five bases; Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index & Conference Proceedings Citation Index. The strength of this resource lies within the citation/reference index.
  • ProQuest
    A collection of databases (database platform), that covers a broad range of subjects within humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and medicine. Most of the databases consists of bibliographies, and there will be full-text access to the material. It covers the time period from year 1960 and until now. It is possible to search in multiple databases at the same time for example humanities and natural sciences.

Journals and Reviews

  • TLS, the Times Literary Supplement
    TLS is published weekly and contains reviews of new books within all subjects. It started in 1902 but the full online text access is available for reviews from 1994 and onwards. A free text or topic search can be done via the tab ”Reviews” – choose for example ”History” or ”Classics”.
  • Web of Science
    During an advanced search it is possible to limit one’s search results in order for them to only contain reviews. It is done by choosing ”Book Review” under ”All document types”.
  • Printed journals
    Printed journals that are relevant for archaeology are placed at AU Library Moesgaard and at The Royal Library on closed stacks.
    Use library.au.dk to find out which journals we have and order a copy of the desired article or come to Moesgaard and look through our journals. Remember it is possible to limit your search results in the menu bar on the left for a specific library for example ‘AU Library Moesgaard’ or ‘AU Nobelparken’.


  • Ordbogen.com
    Collection of dictionaries which contains Ordbogen.com and Gyldendals Ordbøger. The collection of dictionaries covers a large number of subject areas and languages. The list of all relevant dictionaries is obtained when you search a word..
  • Oxford Reference Online
    E-books database containing a large collection of acknowledged reference works, dictionaries and companions. It further contains a collection of quotes, illustrations, maps and historical timelines. 

Prehistoric Archaeology

See also  Subject Guide for Classical Archaeology

  • Danmarkshistorien.dk
    Online history encyclopaedia composed by historians and archaeologists from Aarhus University.
  • Zenon DAI
    Zentraler online katalog des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts refers to the majority of  of the accumulated collection of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) libraries. It does not contain a full-text access, but it is good for a topic search or verification.
  • Nordic Archaeological Abstracts
    The bibliography indexes articles and books from all around the world in the field of archaeology in the Nordic countries – including Greenland. It covers the prehistoric era, the Viking Era, the Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance. NB: Both the electronic and the printed bibliography were discontinued from year 2000.
  • New Pauly Online
    New Pauly contains both Brill’s New Pauly and Der Neue Pauly. The database covers the classical antiquity from the earliest Aegean cultures to the late antiquity (2.millenium BCE until approximately 600-800 CE) and its historiographic recognition.
  • British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography
    Bibliographic database with reference
    s to articles and books published from 1695 to this day. It includes the following subject areas; archaeology, historical typography, construction history, underwater archaeology and industrial archaeology as well as preservation. The main emphasis is on Great Britain and Ireland

Archaeology of the Middle Ages


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