It was agreed in 1992 that the documentation work of the Archaeological Sites Working Group would be directed at the following objectives:
To facilitate communications between national and international bodies responsible for the recording and protection of the archaeological heritage.
To assist countries at an early stage in developing record systems for the recording and protection of the archaeological heritage.
To facilitate research using archaeological site data where there is an international dimension.
The Archaeological Sites Working Group was started in 1992 with the aim of creating an international standard for archaeological sites inventories equivalent to the 1993 Core data index to historic buildings and monuments of the architectural heritage
In addition two other tasks were agreed upon:
The preparation of a directory of national archaeological records (regional ones to be included where no national record exists), to be undertaken first for Europe and North America.
The commencement of a multilingual glossary for selected key areas of controlled vocabulary within the core or basic data standards. The first stage in this project will be the collection of information on existing glossaries and thesauri.