Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH) Thesauri

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Monument Types Types of monuments relating to the built and buried heritage in England. 
Archaeological Objects Physical evidence, usually portable, resulting from past human activity or environmental remains that can be recovered from archaeological fieldwork.
Building Materials Construction materials for monuments relating to the built and buried heritage.
Defence of Britain Originally developed for the Defence of Britain Project. Types of defensive monuments relating to the 20th century in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This thesaurus is no longer actively updated.
Components Elements of a monument relating to the built or buried heritage.
Maritime Place Names Maritime ports, countries and bodies of water from and to which ships may have sailed or been registered.
Maritime Craft Types Craft types which survive as wrecks for Historic England’s maritime record and can be used to describe types of ship.
Maritime Cargo Types of cargo being carried by ships when they went down.
Evidence Thesaurus Terminology covering the existing physical remains of a monument, or the means by which a monument has been identified where no physical remains exist
Archaeological Sciences Used for recording the techniques, recovery methods and materials associated with the archaeological sciences.
Event Types A development of the ALGAO events wordlist. The thesaurus is an indexing tool to be used for recording archaeological and architectural investigative, data collection exercises; from intrusive interventions into the resource to non damaging survey events.

Resource Description Thesaurus Terminology for the description of archive type and format, jointly developed by The National Trust and English Heritage.
Historic Aircraft Types An indexing tool to aid the recording of aircraft remains and crash sites, listing aircraft types by form, function and manufacturer.
FISH Link to the Forum on Information Standards in Heritage, and the INSCRIPTION terminology standard.

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