ArchaeoWiki:Article Naming Conventions

From ArchaeoWiki

Jump to: navigation, search


In order to maintain some semblance of organization, it is strongly recommended that the following guidelines be used when naming and relating pages. Many exceptions will no doubt sneak up, and deviation when necessary, is acceptable. In cases where the same page name can be used for multiple topics (as both an artifact and culture, for instance), create a disambiguation page at the root (e.g. Clovis) and move all topics to subpages (e.g. Clovis/Projectile Point; Clovis/Culture; etc.)

Temporal/Cultural Periods

Use the most common name for the period, preferably followed by "Period" (e.g. Paleo-Indian Period).

Material Culture

When possible, use the specific name of the type being discussed and categorize the page under the broader type. For example, Clovis Projectile Points would have a page named Clovis, and that page is tagged under the Category: Material Culture.

Archaeological Sites

Use the most common site name, preferably preceded or followed by "Site" (e.g. 'Site AbCd-123', or 'Wardmaster Site'). Given the wide variety of site naming conventions, use your discretion in choosing the name most likely to be used/referenced. Alternative names for the site can be listed in the page so that searches will still show the site page when alternatives are used.


The reference page naming convention used by ArchaeoWiki is concerned more with avoiding duplication of article entry than providing an intuitive means of finding a given source. Before entering a reference, search for the author in the main references page. If the reference in question is not shown, note the last entry for the appropriate year. For example, if you want to enter Bordes 1961, you would look to see if there are any other publications from 1961 from the same author. If so, note how many there are and name your new reference accordingly. If the list includes 1961a, 1961b and 1961c, your entry will be 1961d.

All references should be entered using the provided form through the main references page. If the page name you enter is already in use, the form will appear populated with the information for the extant record. If this happens, close the form and recheck the references for that author to choose the next name in the sequence. If not, the fields will be blank and you may enter the appropriate information as applicable.

The naming convention is detailed in the table below.

Authors Last name
of primary author
of primary author
Last name,
initials of second author
for 3+ authors
hyphen year "a,b,c" Looks like:
Single Author Deller DB - 1984 DellerDB-1984
Double Author Deller DB EllisCJ - 1988 DellerDBEllisCJ-1988
Three or more authors Ellis CJ etal - 1988 EllisCJetal-1988
Multiple articles in one year, same author Ellis CJ - 1986 b EllisCJ-1986b

While the resulting names are not intuitive, nearly all access to references should occur either through links or the search function; therefore, the above convention is suitable for the intended purpose.

Note that all references are stored in the 'Ref' namespace rather than the general content namespace. This has been implemented so that references are stored separate from content and will not appear on content searches. The reference input form appends the 'Ref:' prefix automatically, so the user need not add this when naming the page. Note, however, that the prefix must be included when writing a link, such as in EllisCJ-1986b coded as [[Ref:EllisCJ-1986b|EllisCJ-1986b]].

Personal tools