The National Standard and Guidance to Best Practice for Collecting and Depositing Archaeological Archives in Wales comprises a suite of documents which aim to make archaeological data, information and knowledge available, stable, consistent and accessible for present and future generations. The Standard for Archaeological Archiving in Wales consists of a set of high-level principles. It represents the standard for archaeological archiving that must be met by an archaeologist or organisation undertaking any form of archaeological work that results in an archive.


This document has been prepared by the National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales and is drawn from A Standard and Guide to Best Practice for Archaeological Archiving in Europe. 

The National Panel has tailored this document to meet the specific needs of Wales and to offer guidance that supports the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.


The National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales is an advisory body established by the Historic Environment Group with a remit to promote the care of and encourage access to the archaeological archives of Wales.


The work of the Panel is agreed with the Historic Environment Group and the Panel reports on this and on issues regarding the efficient management of archaeological archives in Wales to ensure their continued value as a research resource, their accessibility to the public and their management to ensure that they remain useable into the future.


The Panel is able to draw expertise from a range of organisations. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales provides secretarial support.


Archaeological Archives Forum

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Association of Local Government Archaeologists: Wales/Cymru

Cadw (Welsh Government)

Chartered Institute of Archaeologists: Wales/Cymru Group

Museums Archives Libraries Division (Welsh Government)

Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales

Society for Museum Archaeology

The Archives and Records Council of Wales

The Council for British Archaeology: Wales

The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales

The National Library of Wales

The Welsh Archaeological Trusts

Welsh Universities (Archaeology Departments)


 2019 Documents available as a 'pdf' file here.

 2017 Documents available as a 'zip' file here.