Conclusion

Currently a few Polish research centres (Poznań, Lublin, Toruń) are working on projects that aim at creating databases using Geographic Information System, which are directed at both researchers and conservation officers. The intention of the originators is to create a registry system for identified archaeological heritage sites (basing on the AZP system), which enables the addition of new information together with the processing of currently existing archaeological information. This system would also ensure the complementary character of both textual and (geo)spatial components. The relational character of this type of a database, based on the full integration of various types of information, enables access to all of the available information about research carried out at any given archaeological site. It also aids the definition of the forms of its preservation. Using online cartography and local development plans alongside GIS helps to identify the dangers threatening the site in question and its landscape. A result of this is the possibility that existing dangers can be addressed in a more effective manner as well as the appropriate formulation of policies for the preservation and management of archaeological heritage.