Exploring the archaeology of Wiltshire and Swindon Online

on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. Posted in Archaeology

We get many enquiries about archaeological sites in Wiltshire and Swindon, from people interested in features that they have seen whilst walking, from local history societies, and from academic researchers, for example. We can search the Wiltshire and Swindon Historic Environment Record (WSHER) to pull out the details for these enquiries. The WSHER records archaeological and historic features in a database and on digital mapping, and includes sites such as hillforts, deserted settlements, pillboxes and watermills.

If you have an interest in the archaeology of Wiltshire and Swindon, the WSHER contains a vast quantity of information for your perusal. A good place to start your research is to explore the online resource for the Wiltshire and Swindon Historic Environment Record. This website allows you to perform your own search of the database, through a basic or advanced search.

In the basic search you can enter a keyword (e.g. Wardour Castle) or a HER number (e.g. ST87SE453 or MWI2245) if you happen to know it. Or you can zoom into the location on the map that you are interested in. Once zoomed in far enough, you can click on a yellow dot to open individual records.

The advanced search allows you to choose a number of criteria to search by. For instance, you might be interested to see the Roman Villas that we have recorded. To find this out, you can choose Roman from the pick list in ‘Time period’, and type Villa in ‘Site type’. This will then give you a list of the records, and you can click on each number to open up the individual records.

Once you have opened an individual record, you will be able to see the full description and sources. Some of these sources are available in the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, so do get in touch if you wish to track them down.

For more complex searches, we do recommend that you get in touch and request a HER search (free for non-commercial enquiries), so that we can ensure you are receiving all of the relevant information. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I hope you enjoy exploring the website!

Faye Glover
Historic Environment Record Data Manager


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