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A place in which evidence of past activity is preserved. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Historic
Used on these elements
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Useful combination
Status: de facto


The tag historic=archaeological_site is not restricted to excavations, but should also encompass all visible ancient monuments, most of which will not have been excavated. Naturally, excavated monuments that are known should also be tagged, but please consider refraining from mapping non-obvious unexcavated sites as to do so could encourage damage from treasure hunters.

How to map

An archeological site is mapped as a node node or an area area with the tag historic=archaeological_site.

In addition, the following parameters should be given to describe the details of the object.

  • name=name - the name of the archeological site, e.g.  Brutkamp
  • site_type=* - to futher describe the type of the archeological site

The following optional tags may also be useful on complement:

  • historic:civilization=* (or more precise subtags) - the civilization (culture) that originally created the feature
  • sprockhoff=number - many graveyards are listed in the German Atlas der Megalithgräber by  Ernst Sprockhoff(de) and can be referenced by this number.
  • ref:mhs=number - most archeological sites in France (even the smallest ones notably all prehistoric sites, unless their discovery is extremely recent) are classified as Monuments historiques in the public Merimée database, the number usually starting by "PA followed by digits brings details about the site, its approximate location and dmensions, its approximative date of construction, its state of conservation, a possible restauration, its level of protection, and accessibility (or not) to the public.


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