Naming rules for NESPOS Objects - Sites and site related data

For the consistency of the database, all sites and site related data in the "Public NESPOS Space", a simple, but consistent way to enter the names of NESPOS Objects is necessary. These 'Naming rules' should be a guide to all users, how to names their data.

A.) Definitions

Naming objects:

The name of an object must be as simple as possible. However, it must give the user a hint where the object is classified in the logic of the site.

'Excavation Area' in that case means, the area that has been excavated during an excavation campaign. The Area can be the name of a cave or a part of a cave, it can also be a number for the excavation area etc.. The added period (start/end year) should make it clear, that this excavation campaign is one archaeological unity that belongs together.

  • The addition of the name of the site and the area (excavation object) give the user the information, from which site the object/assemblage comes (below named as site-area).
  • to differentiate between several excavations the start/end year can be added optionally for any single, individual or assemblage object, but it should always be added for the excavation object itself. This is especially the case when the site name and the excavation name is the same.
  • for a better determination of single, individual or assemblage objects, the synonym for the layer can be added after the excavation name (optional). This is to avoid double names for objects from the same layer.

Use of symbols:

Specific symbols cannot be used in NESPOS, because there is a limitation for entering NESPOS Object Names. Therefore it is not allowed to use the following characters:

(:, @, /, %, \, &, > !, |, #, $, *, ;, ~, [DiscussionForumSpace:, ], (, ), {, }, <, >). 

We propose to use only:

, (comma)
- (hyphen)
_ (underline)
' (apostrophe) 

Avoiding duplicates:

B.) Naming Rules (Sites and site related data):

C.) Other

Multimedia Object:

To differ between other NESPOS Objects, the MM-object should have an extension at its beginning.


Rule: Site-Area (layer, if wanted)- Lab Number
Ex: Salzgitter-Lebenstedt - GrN 10702

Modern reference data:

Rule: Taxon - skeletal part/name of bone - ID
Ex: Homo sapiens - Molar 3, HSS3000, or
Rule: Taxon, ID
Ex: Homo sapiens sapiens, HSS3001

Map Object:

Rule: Country/Continent/Mapped area-(additionally kind of map)
Ex: France
Ex: Switzerland - shaded
Ex: West and Middle Europe - satellite