The data in DAACS are freely available to all researchers. We encourage the use of DAACS data in published papers, theses and dissertations, class assignments, and other research projects. DAACS website content is under copyright. DAACS data, like any published material, should be cited.

Please provide the following information in a bibliography when citing data from DAACS.

  1. The query from which data was used, e.g. Artifact Query 1.
  2. The date the data was downloaded, e.g. May 22, 2013.
  3. The Archive name and website address.

For additional information on citing other DAACS website content, see Guidelines.

Citation Examples:

2004a Artifact Query 1, February 2, 2004. The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (

2013 Mean Ceramic Date Query 2, May  22, 2013. The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (

The Query Bucket Helps You Document Queries.

The Query Bucket is a place where users can store query results during a single browser session. At any time during the session, a user may preview, download, or delete query results saved to the Query Bucket. This is particularly helpful if you are running multiple queries. All queries in a user’s Query Bucket are deleted at the end of the browser session.

The Query Bucket provides basic documentation for each query saved. This documentation includes a brief description of the query and the date and time it was executed. This documentation allows a user to easily cite the data. It also documents which fields and terms were selected, thereby allowing a user to duplicate the query at a later date.

We strongly recommend printing the Query Bucket screen when downloading data.

Why Documenting Your Query is Important.

The DAACS database is periodically updated to include data from newly analyzed archaeological sites. Since data in the database may change after an update, it is important for a researcher to record the database version used when querying.

Notification of updates will be posted on the What’s New page. If you would like to be notified of updates to the Archive, please contact us. We’d be happy to put your name on our mailing list that notifies researchers of database updates, new content, fellowship announcements, and other DAACS-related news.