Beyond the Castle HackLancaster- Lancaster Urban Archaeological Database

Non-Spatial REST

Non-Spatial RESTful services are provided by ArrestDB and can be accessed at To access a particular table, use the form:

See for information on how to use this.

You can get information on, or query the following tables in the database:


Note that querying the spatial data using rest will display the geometry of the table or record in well-known binary format.

  • cellars: dataset of Lancaster Buildings showing presence or absence of cellars - point
  • studyarea: study area boundary of Lancaster Urban Archaeological Database project - multipolygon
  • listed_polys: boundaries of listed buildings - multipolygon
  • event_points_full: dataset representing historic or archaeological events - point. The Image_Hyperlink column may contain hyperlinks to historic imagery.
  • event_polys: dataset representing the outline of events such as archaeological digs - multipolygon. The image column may contain a hyperlink to imagery.
  • mons_point: dataset representing historic or archaeological monuments - point
  • monspres_polys: dataset representing definite monument outlines, eg extant or exposed by archaeological events - multipolygon
  • monsint_polys: proposed outlines of monuments based on information from archaeological research, events and other information - multipolygon
  • geophys: contour lines from geophysical survey - line (note this data has no attributes so might be best as base mapping)


These are the principle tables in the database where the majority of information is stored

  • tblBibliography - bibliographic references used for events and monuments
  • tblDeposits - deposits identified for use in deposit model
  • tblEvents - archaeological events. The Image_Hyperlink column may contain hyperlinks to historic imagery.
  • tblEventsBibliography - joins events (by Recevent_Number) and bibliographic records (by UAD_BIB_Number)
  • tblEventsMonuments - joins events (by Recevent_Number) and Monuments (by Monument_Number)
  • tblExternalRefs_Events - lists identifying codes or names for events in other databases
  • tblExternalRefs_Mon - lists identifying codes or names for monuments in other databases
  • tblFieldworkers - lists principle fieldworkers for archaeological events
  • tbl_mon_src - joins monuments (by Internal_cross_ref_mon) to bibliographic sources (by Internal_cross_ref_src)
  • tblMonumentDates - lists different phases of use for a monument
  • tblMonumentPeriods - lists periods in which a monument was extant
  • tblMonuments - monuments
  • tbl_monuments_listed - lists monuments that are listed buildings
  • tblParentEvents - lists events that comprise multiple smaller events such as large-scale archaeological investigations
  • tblParentEvents_events - links parent events (by UAD_parent_EventID) to events (by UAD_Event_Number)
  • tblSubMonuments - links collections of monuments together


These are descriptive tables, providing information on the terminology used in the tables above. Use them for reference only

  • tlkpArchiveTypes - lists different types of archaeological archive
  • tlkpAreaStatus - lists different area designations with their abbreviation and full description
  • tlkpAssocOrganisations - lists the different archaeologicl/historical organisations that have done work in Lancaster
  • tlkpAuthorsRole - lists different types of role with the creation of an archaeological archive or publication
  • tlkpBookTypes - lists the different types of publication
  • tlkpCurrDate - lists different ways of referring to the current date
  • tlkpDatePrecision - lists different ways of referring to a date or date range in the past such as 'between', 'post', 'pre' etc
  • tlkpDateTypes - lists different meanings for a date in the past, such as 'construction', 'disuse', 'use' etc
  • tlkpDepositHorizons - lists different ways of describing a deposit horizon such as 'bottom', 'top', 'water' etc
  • tlkpEventTypes - lists different types of archaeological event such as 'excavation', 'desk-based study' etc
  • tlkpevidence - lists the different types of archaeological evidents such as 'wreckage', 'building', 'cropmark' etc
  • tlkpExtInv - lists the different external inventories or databases that events and monuments may be listed in
  • tlkpFieldworkerRole - lists the different roles a fieldworker may have in an archaeological investigation such as 'excavator', 'inspector', 'surveyor'
  • tlkpItemNoQualifiers - lists different methods of referring to quantities of archaeological items and their precise meaning
  • tlkpItemTypes - lists different types of archaeological item such as 'artefact', 'ecofact' etc
  • tlkpMonDatePrecisions - lists different definitions of dates for time periods such as 'between', 'occasionally', 'throughout'
  • tlkpNatGridPrecision - lists the different levels of precision of a National Grid Reference, such as 'within 1m', 'within 10m', 'within 1km' etc
  • tlkpNGRQualifier - lists codes for determining what a Grid Reference actually refers to, such as the exact location of a find, the locality, the centre of a group of finds etc
  • tlkpPeriods - lists the different time periods, their abbreviations, and their min and max dates where possible, such as 'Roman', 'Bronze Age', 'Post-Medieval' etc
  • tlkpScientificDates - lists the different methods of obtaining a scientific date such as radiocarbon dating
  • tlkpStatusQualifier - lists different methods of describing a location relative to another event or monument, such as 'adjacent to', 'excluded from' etc
  • tlkp_Zconfidence - lists the level of confidence and the precision of any z (height) values


These are very specialist tables listing archaeological/historical terms and the relationships between them. Use them for reference only

  • THESAURUS_TERM_PREFERENCES - lists terms with their preferred terms
  • THESAURUS_TERM_RELATION - lists related terms
  • THESAURUS_TERMS - dictionary of archaeological/historic terms
  • THESAURUS_TERM_USES - lists uses for terms