The European Archaeological Heritage Web is a project intended to serve the professional archaeological community of Europe, from governmental to museum-based to academic to commercial, with a series of managed tools that will improve the quality of their work by providing a full range of information and communication services.

These services are using a minimum of central resources by implementing the proposal as a distributed network and using standard freeware IT tools. A pilot-and evaluation approach is used to ensure all services offer high quality, ease-of-use and dependability to both the professional and the general end user.

It is envisaged that the EAHW will provide a range of basic information and communication services accessible via the Internet. A number of these are already implemented; others are currently in a draft or pilot stage; further pilots are envisaged.

ARGE - Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe (Virtual Library for European Archaeology).
This library of digital information, which is currently maintained by us at the University of Groningen with financial help from the EC project 'Archeonet', will be developed into a distributed system of linked libraries later on.
RAPID - Repository for Archaeological Preprints, Information and Databases.
A document server which provides disk space (which could hold site reports, text and image databases, pre-publication papers, etc.) to archaeological information providers that cannot command server functionality because they are too remote or under-resourced.
FARE - Forum for Archaeological Research in Europe.
Currently in pilot stage, FARE contains details of some 25 relevant lists. A list server will provide the forum for any number of professional - i.e. academic, commercial, governmental - discussion groups, on any topic related to European archaeology. Can be upgraded to serve as a teleconferencing centre.
CAEI - Centre for Archaeological Expertise and Information.
An access point - 'kiosk' is the fashionable word - for inquiries from the general public, journalists, politicians, etc. It would provide services such as archaeological news, relevant email and other directories, FAQ's, a hotline, etc, and 'experts' could be consulted on technical questions.
YACE - Young Archaeologists Club of Europe.
A forum for children of school age, either for individuals accessing from home or as part of a classroom-based, Europe-wide information exchange and collaborative project similar to the global Kidlink project.
ICETEA - Internet Centre for Education and Training in European Archaeology.
This service, piloted under the 'Archeonet' project, collects, creates, and serves remote or downloadable teaching modules in European Archaeology at primary, secondary, and tertiary educational levels; and training modules for professional continuing education in the management, presentation, and conservation of the archaeological heritage. Can be upgraded to provide a remote interactive teaching service.
HERMAN - Heritage Management Web.
Web service for planning officers, heritage managers, legal experts, etc. whose interest is in the preservation and presentation of the European archaeological heritage. Will hold appropriate planning and legislative resources, a forum for the discussion of preservation techniques and development and delivery of 'virtual site visits' for the elderly and housebound.