Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use the digitised fascicules?

How are small finds identified in the fascicules?

How can I access the materials discussed in these fascicules?

Why don’t page numbers always start at 1?

Why isn’t _________ fascicule available?

Why are the scans of differing quality?

How can I get a physical print copy of the fascicules?

How can I use the digitised fascicules?

Please review the Rights Holder and Rights metadata properties on each fascicule's webpage for details on the copyright holder and reuse permissions specific for each fascicule.

When York Archaeological Trust is the Rights Holder, the digitised fascicules are published under the Creative Commons licence CC BY 4.0. This licence allows researchers and members of the public to reuse any part of the fascicules for their own purposes so long as appropriate attribution is given to York Archaeological Trust. You can read more about this Creative Commons licence type here.

How are small finds identified in the fascicules?

Each small find is identified by two numbers: the catalogue number, which is used to refer to it within the fascicule, and the small find number, which is used to refer to it within our internal database and the broader context of the excavation. The catalogue number is italicised and always at the start of each catalogue entry. The small find number is always towards the end of the catalogue entry and has the prefix “sf.”

How can I access the materials discussed in these fascicules?

Please visit our Enquiries page for more details.

Why don’t page numbers always start at 1?

As each volume (e.g. AY17 The Small Finds) covers a specific topic, there is a continuous page numbering system in place across the fascicules in that volume. In practice, this means that Fascicule 1 of Volume 17 starts with page 1 and ends with page 30, and Fascicule 2 continues the volume by beginning with page 31.

Why isn’t _________ fascicule available?

The Archaeology of York series comprises 72 total fascicules. The Collections & Archives department at York Archaeological Trust have already scanned 56 fascicules from the series since the work began in 2018. Over the course of 2023, these raw scans will be digitally cleaned, flattened, analysed through OCR, and compiled into complete PDF copies for each fascicule. The remaining 16 fascicules will be scanned in tandem to the aforementioned work thanks to a financial contribution by the Friends of the York Archaeological Trust

The Collections & Archives team aims to produce and publish two to three digitised fascicules per week up to 8 December, 2023. The schedule for when each fascicule will be published on this website may be found here. Please note that fascicules will not be released in order according to their volume and number. The digitisation priority is based on a number of factors including the size of the original printed text, the total number of pages, the extant of any supplementary material (e.g. microfiche), and the quality of existing scans.

Why are the scans of differing quality?

Where possible, the digital fascicules were created using the same files prepared in the course of physical publication. These files allow the creation of high quality digital surrogates. However, as YAT has been publishing this series since the early 1970s, many of the fascicules predate digital publishing techniques. Digitising these older works required us to scan the original books. While we have aimed to make these scans as clean and readable as possible, it is unavoidable that this method results in lower quality surrogates. 

How can I get a physical print copy of the fascicules?

While supplies last, some fascicules are available for sale in the JORVIK Viking Centre gift shop in York. The same volumes may also be available in the JORVIK Group Shop online shop.

Additionally, within the metadata for each fascicule we have included the necessary information and outbound links to locate copies of our fascicules in libraries within York, across the UK, and worldwide.