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FISH Archaeological Objects Thesaurus

“Originally developed by the Archaeological Objects Working Party and published by the mda [formerly the Museums Documentation Association]. It provides guidance for the recording of archaeological objects in Britain and Ireland covering all historical periods. Now maintained by FISH [the Forum on Information Standards in Heritage] on behalf of the heritage sector”

General information
Vocabulary type: 
Author or Editor: 
Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH)
Current version date: 
Wed, 2013-07-17
Available formats: 
SKOS (RDF); alphabetical (PDF); hierarchical (PDF)
Was vocabulary created as a course project: 
Scope and Usage
Vocabulary characteristics
Type of display : 
Description of overall structure: 

“Please note that these thesauri [at] group terms by class rather than the broadest noun term (Top Term). ... These thesauri do not have Top Terms as the classes are not part of the hierarchy.”

Relationship types: 
Terms and Conditions
Available under the terms of the Creative Commons license, Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0).
Import/download instructions : 

Download links for SKOS (RDF), alphabetical (PDF), and hierarchical (PDF) files are at Download links for individual RDF files in N-Triples, Turtle, JSON, and XML syntaxes are available at and

Vocabulary provider name: 
English Heritage (officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England)
Provider contact details: 

English Heritage contact: Philip Carlisle, Comments and candidate term suggestions can be made at Required information for candidate term suggestions includes "Source of term" and "Scope Note"; there is also an optional field for published references.