At the most basic level ArchNet is organized by geographic region and by subject area. The other main sections include educational & research resources, and the instituion & organization home page listings. The regional and subject pages include a wide range of archaeological reports and artifact catalogues.
There are two ways in which to navigate this site: 1) browsing/grazing and 2) focused searching.
The first method, Browsing/Grazing, involves moving down through the site hierarchy to increasingly detailed pages. In this example diagram a user in search of information on radiocarbon and other dating techniques, begins on the home page, moves to the Subject Area page, and then the Archaeometry page. From the Archaeometry page there are links to excellent sources of information on radiocarbon dating at Oxford University and the Home page for the Society for Archaeological Sciences.
The second method of navigation, the focused search, utilizes the ArchNet search engine. Users can input a key word and receive a hypertext list of all pages containing the key words. While this might sound like the most efficient way to search ArchNet, it has one major drawback, the search engine indexes only key words registered for each of the pages at ArchNet. For example, a search of the term "neolithic" will return a list of ArchNet pages. The user must then browse through the list to find the relevant web pages and sites which contain reports dealing with the Neolithic period.
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