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Welcome to ArchNet, the World Wide Web Virtual Library of Archaeology. The ArchNet website is designed to promote appreciation, understanding, and knowledge about archaeology and the preservation and interpretation of cultural resources, both prehistoric and historic. As you browse through ArchNet you are invited to discover links to thousands of web presentations devoted to archaeology, ancient sites, and artifact studies. The content of these presentations is not stored within ArchNet, rather the ArchNet web site provides indexes, searches, and links to this growing body of diverse educational resources.

ArchNet is a free educational service open to the public, students, and researchers. You need not register to use the site. We provide an index, search capabilites, and also a basic guide to ArchNet, along with a frequently asked questions section.

We invite new archaeological websites, online exhibits, and related educational resource presentations to register with ArchNet. The editorial policy is used in registering web sites and their links on ArchNet. Websites currently indexed by ArchNet may want to update their registration when URL's or other links change. We have developed and are updating a registration database where all submitted web links are reviewed for content prior to final registration and posting to the ArchNet portal.

The following section provides background on the creation of ArchNet in 1993 at the University of Connecticut and its 2001 migration to the Archaeological Research Institute at Arizona State University.

ArchNet Staff
Archaeological Research Insitute


Project Background The ArchNet project started in November 1993. Our goal was to create a thematic catalogue of all available WWW resources produced by archaeologists. A secondary goal was to create an index of preservation policy texts from federal and state agencies that could be easily updated and accessed by preservationists.

Since the project began ArchNet has been accessed over two million times by users in over seventy countries. ArchNet visitors have a wide-range of interests in the field of archaeology. The questions and comments we have received have contributed to enhancing the quality of this resource.

Thomas K. Plunkett
Jonathan M. Lizee

ArchNet Co-Founders
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