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South Yorkshire Sites and Monuments Record

The Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) holds information on all the known archaeological sites in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

We have a database and digital mapping that makes our information searchable by:

  • site type (e.g. hill fort)
  • date (e.g. medieval)
  • specific location (e.g. parish)
  • individual sites (e.g. Sheffield Castle, Doncaster Roman Fort)

The SMR database is online at the Heritage Gateway.

View the results of our Historic Environment Characterisation study.

Thanks to funding from English Heritage (now Historic England), records in the database for South Yorkshire's early prehistory have recently been updated.



Some information is still held on paper, so a visit to our search room can be very useful. 

For example, the SMR holds copies of reports on archaeological excavation and building recording work carried out locally since about 1990. 

Although spot finds are included on the SMR, the database does not contain a comprehensive list of artefacts recovered from excavations.

For further information please contact the South Yorkshire museums:

Appointments to the SMR are available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Thursday.


There is no charge for consulting the SMR to the public, although we do charge 30p a sheet for photocopying. 

There is however a chargeable fee to commercial consultants to cover staff time.

If you need to make an appointment then please contact us.

Old maps and plan

We do not hold copies of old maps and plans.  These are held by the appropriate Archive or Local Studies Library.



We occasionally take volunteers and work placements. We have many requests each year and can only take one person at a time. 

We ask people to submit a covering letter and CV when they ask for work experience.

We are purely an advisory service so we don't undertake fieldwork ourselves. 

To volunteer for training excavations, on a dig or other fieldwork a good place to look is the Council for British Archaeology's Briefing.


Job vacancies

If we have a job available it is listed in job vacancies.  All of our jobs must be applied for by completing an application form, we cannot accept CVs and covering letters.

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