Archaeology and Heritage

Lincoln Heritage Database

The Lincoln Heritage Database (LHD) was formerly known as the Lincoln Urban Archaeological Database (UAD). When started in the 1990s, it exclusively recorded only structures – or “Monuments” -  discovered in the course of archaeological excavations. These now only make up 25 per cent of the total Monuments in the database, and about 2500 out of the 8900 entries are of buildings and structures built after 1800, mostly still standing today and part of the city’s townscape.

The Lincoln Heritage Database is a comprehensive record of all known archaeological excavations and discoveries in the city of Lincoln. Included too is information about individual buildings and structures, past and present – including houses, commercial, civic, religious and industrial buildings, streets and railways.

Monuments in the LHD can be accessed online in an abridged form as part of the Heritage Connect Lincoln. Each character area in Heritage Connect contains related information including the monuments in the Area - with their name, dates and description.


The database covers the present Lincoln City area and records information about all known recorded archaeological investigations, and other recording events (c10800 entries), and contains a monuments section (c8900 entries) and sources of information (c2700 entries). Covering the prehistoric era through to the present day, it is similar to the Lincolnshire Historic Environment Record (HER formerly SMR), but records the archaeology and the built environment of the City in more detail, including industrial and transport sites, domestic housing as well as the City’s Roman monuments.

Sources of information

The Lincoln Heritage Database takes its information from a variety of sources; archaeological reports, historic maps, borehole data, photographs, trade directories, council records of buildings, and includes Monuments ranging in size from a Saxon post-hole to Lincoln Castle, and in period from prehistoric remains to 20th-century public houses. It is constantly being updated, and is invaluable for providing rapid and concise data on heritage and archaeological issues in the planning process, within the work of the Council, as well as for members of the public, researchers, students and consultants

As a GIS (Geographic Information System), the database can be interrogated geographically in relation to various unique map backgrounds and layers, showing the locations of archaeological events and monuments as point data and drawn objects. In this way, archaeological and built environment information related to specific locations can be rapidly retrieved.