A place can be e.g. a continent, a city or a graveyard.

On the index page already entered entities are listed in a Table.

  • Click on the + button to enter a new one.
  • Click on the name of an entry in the list to access the detail view.
  • To edit or delete an entry click on the Edit button in the detail view.

Form fields

You can edit administrative units and historical places at Types in the Places tab.

Administrative Unit

Hierarchy of administrative units in which the place is located, e.g. Austria, Italy and their respective subunits like Lower Austria, Styria.

Historical Place

Hierarchy of historical places respectively historical administrative units in which the place is located e.g. Duchy of Bavaria or Lombard Kingdom.

Can be linked via tabs to

Sub units

In the OpenAtlas database a place is a physical thing that has a certain position and or extend in space that can be connected to various other information (temporal, spatial, events, sources etc.).

To record archaeological information a place can be divided into multiple subunits. The place can be understood as the superior unit and container for multiple further features (E.g. buildings, graves, pits, ditches, ramparts etc.). They are labelled as Feature and can be accessed via the features tab. They are structured the same way as the place is and may also contain multiple subunits that are labelled as Stratigraphic Unit. The stratigraphic units can again contain multiple subunits labelled as Find and again are structured the same way as the superior units.

One example would be a graveyard. It will be the superior unit (Place). Each grave of this cemetery is a (sub) feature that forms part of the cemetery. Each grave is composed of one or many subunits (stratigraphic units). This would be the burials in the very grave (e.g. a primary and a secondary burial) and the back filling. Each stratigraphic unit may have associated finds belonging to the respective unit: e.g. the grave goods of one of the burials, the finds found in the back filling.


Also Human remains can be recorded in detail, especially for anthropological analyses. This way each bone (resp. part of the human remains) can be recorded as subunits of stratigraphic units labelled as Human Remains.