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Archaeological literature database "Archaeology DGUF"

The former working group "DGUF-Zotero" created an archaeological literature database with 5249 entries (Oct. 2014), including articles and book chapters. It is open to all web users for retrieval and can be edited by all zotero users and zotero group members.

We use Zotero, a free, platform-independent software which provides functionalities similar to better known packages like EndNote or Citavi, i.e. tight integration of the literature collection into word processing software (MS Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice). In contrast to the aforementioned market leaders Zotero is an open source project, free of charge and uses the open database-engine SQLite, which makes the data accessible for other database systems. This makes "Archaeology DGUF" future proof: the precious data survive and stay legible, even if the program Zotero becomes obsolete.

Zotero offers single-user solutions as well as a group function with a communal library. Via standardized interfaces, Zotero exchanges data with a wide range of other reference management software and various word processors.

"Archaeology DGUF" captures articles and book chapters too
The world of monographs is by now bibliographically well accessible. The KVK (Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog) includes the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogues) of many large libraries and has good search capabilities. A search with, for example, Google Scholar can complement this, especially thanks to the cross-references provided. The large reservoir of important articles and book chapters, however, remains largely untapped. In archaeology, existing solutions have proven to be cumbersome and are not freely accessible. This gap is now being closed by our Zotero project "Archaeology DGUF".

Our goal is a large, freely accessible collection of Prehistoric to Medieval archaeological literature, based on modern software to which all can contribute with quotations, concise summaries and accurate keywords. We create added value by working cooperatively and distributing the workload, by joint data entry and revision, in which all can participate and share. This is an initiative of the DGUF, but non-members are also warmly invited to join and participate.

Join us? Yes, please!
Curious - but you are not familiar with Zotero? Just download the program at and test it, it’s free and self-explaining and everyone can use our database immediately: Archaeology DGUF

You want to help with maintenance of the data? You are very welcome! You want to make your valuable collection of quotations available to our community by export of resources so they can be loaded into the database "Archaeology DGUF"? Yes please! You want to enter your own data directly into the collection DGUF-Zotero? Even better!

How does the shared use and participation work?
If you want to edit the database, entering keywords or adding entries, there are two ways to do so. Either you join our workgroup "Archaeology DGUF" and apply for administrator rights or use the guest account (see below).

Joining is easy: visit and set up an account there. Search for the group "Archaeology DGUF" and add yourself as a member. For those who are still reluctant about a personal registration or find it too complicated, we have set up a guest account with a guest user. The username is "DGUF-Gast", the password is "Gast@DGUF". We welcome everyone who participates, even if it’s just temporarily as a guest.

Adopt a journal
You consider an archaeology-related journal to be especially important? You are the editor of a worthwhile but lesser known series which deserves to be made known to a wider audience and increase its citation impact? We invite you to adopt a journal. This means you take up the responsibility to regularly index a periodical or series, and if possible to catalogue back issues. Just contact us, if necessary we gladly coordinate small groups who look after a journal or series. If you want to increase the visibility of the publication you have adopted, well-established projects can appear here on the DGUF-Website as well as on the homepage of the Zotero library.

Assistance for archaeologists
Have you ever been baffled by the abbreviations in the list of references in a German publication? No clue where or what to look for? Just download the Excel-file with over 2500 official bibliographical abbreviations as used in numerous German journals and series in the right hand menu and find what you are looking for.

None of the costly bibliographic software packages offer a solution customized to German archaeology. Thus creating a bibliography according to the frequently used style guide of the "Römisch-Germanischen Kommission" (published in: Berichte der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 71, 1990, 973-998 und 73, 1992, 477-540) has to be done manually. The DGUF has solved the problem and provides a so-called style for Zotero that allows you to (almost) automatically and instantly format your references and bibliography to comply with the RGK rules. Just download the file from the right-hand menu into your Zotero style-folder and load it into the style manager. It's as simple as that.

A small request, regarding the attachment of documents
Zotero allows you to attach files to the records and store these directly in the database. For personal collections this is a very useful and convenient option. A large collective database, however, would quickly reach the limits of manageability. We therefore ask you not to attach any files to the references in "Archaeology DGUF". Our suggestion: set up a personal page, e.g. on, make your publications available there, and put a link to the file in the URL-field of the entry in "Archaeology DGUF". A perfect solution that benefits all. 

Urgeschichte, Vorgeschichte und andere Archäologien: Eine Begriffsklärung
Das Fach, um das es der DGUF geht, wird mit unterschiedlichen Begriffen bezeichnet.
Hinter dem bekannten, scheinbar einfachen Begriff "Archäologie" verbergen sich viele unterschiedliche Archäologien. mehr

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