Dr. Reiner Göldner, Monuments and More - Archaeological Geodata in Saxony.
Saxon Archaeological Heritage Office. Dresden, Revision 2019
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reiner.goeldner @ |
Monuments and More - Archaeological Geodata in Saxony
information system
of the
Saxon Archaeological Heritage Of-
fice was developed with the aim to
record, store and present archaeo-
logical data from Saxony (Germany).
Because of their geographic refer-
ence these information are man-
aged with a geographic information
system (
) in cooperation with a
powerful database.
The current structure of
logical geodata
is the result of many
years of experience. It contains ar-
chaeological survey areas, archaeo-
logical sites and monument areas.
Archaeological survey areas
are areas that were surveyed with archaeological methods, not regarding any
results and so rated as archaeological neutral.
Archaeological sites
are areas that yielded archaeological knowledge in an archaeological positive or negative
Positive sites
are areas where traces of human life were detected, with proven extent and independent
of the current preservation status. Find spots (not invasive surveyed) and excavation sites (invasive sur-
veyed) belong to positive sites.
Negative sites
are intensive surveyed areas without any traces of human life.
Monument areas
indicate a supposed extent of on-site preserved archaeological traces, representing heritage
protection as stated by law.
survey areas (yellow) with excavations
(violet) and single find spots (orange) *
monuments ensemble at the river Elbe *
Beside the directly geographically related data there is a large amount of further textual data, closely related
to the sites. These are e.g. object information (type, dating …) and activity information (surveys, excavations
…) as far as information on finds, documentations, pictures, air photos and 3D scenes:
georeferenced sites
object information
pictures, air photos
DTMs, 3D-scenes
archive positions
Archaeological Sites in Saxony

Dr. Reiner Göldner, Monuments and More - Archaeological Geodata in Saxony.
Saxon Archaeological Heritage Office. Dresden, Revision 2019
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reiner.goeldner @ |
spatial base data
we particularly use data of the surveying department, mostly topographic maps with scale
1:25000 or orthophotos. Because of better performance we hold a copy of the topographic maps data, but we
can also receive them as web map service directly, just as the orthophotos and many other map data.
archaeological find spots and soil type overview *
archaeological find spots and conservation areas *
Based on these combination of spatial and textural data many different kinds of
are possible. You can
easily create thematic maps, e.g. with find spots of special epochs or with activity sites of a given year. Of
course you can find all information on regional find spots, for example within a given distance to a planned
new road. Heritage protection statements regarding municipal building plans can be created fast and easily as
traditional map or as
digital spatial data
to be sent by e-mail.
selection: bronze age burials, elevation levels
selection: excavations in the year 2000, overview map
Within our department the spatial archaeological data is available via network access to all colleagues. It is
available as
web map service
(WMS) and can be displayed by WMS viewers. These services are compatible
with the standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and can be used to publish archaeological her-
itage areas at the World Wide Web as demanded by the
initiative of the European Community.
WMS viewer with presentation of archaeological monuments *
Digital terrain models (DTM) support
3D views of archaeological scenes
. With the help of high precision air-
borne laser scans it is now possible to improve the documentation of preserved archaeological structures over
ground and even to discover objects (e.g. grave-mounds) that where unknown until now.
bronze age grave-mounds (shaded relief) *
bronze age wall (digital terrain model) *
* The figures show map details that were created using our own archaeological spatial data, publicly available web map services of the
“Landesvermessungsamt Sachsen” and the “Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie Sachsen” respectively airborne laser scans of the
“Landestalsperrenverwaltung Sachsen”.