The history of Intrasis

The first version of Intrasis Explorer was released in April 2000 and one of the first sites to be documented with the system was Kaupang-undersögelsen in Norway!

The history of Intrasis began a bit earlier though. After the first initial tests of digital field documentation in the late 1980s at the former Archaeological Excavations Department, today Contract Archaeology Service, at Swedish National Heritage Board (UV), it became more or less standard during the 1990s with total station measurement and excavation information stored in databases. During these years a need for a standard system for digital documentation grew stronger.

When the Intrasis System project started in 1998 it was based on the experience of over 600 digitally recorded sites. The system was designed within a work-group of archaeologists and GIS specialists. The members had a very clear opinion of what the system should do for them and which functions they desired.

The result became the Intrasis System with an object oriented data model that could be adapted to all kinds of archaeological excavations. At the start data was analyzed in ArcView 3.x with the help of a special designed extension, IntrasisGIS.

Intrasis Explorer 2.0 was released in May 2003 with extended functionality. It is now possible to store digital pictures within the database and to export/import data between Intrasis Site Databases. The current version of Intrasis Explorer is 2.2 (released in May 2010) and is available in Swedish, English and German.

To simplify GIS analyses of archaeological excavations, and replace IntrasisGIS, a new software was designed during 2005, Intrasis Analysis. It was updated in December 2007 and the current version is 1.1.