|Number of units in system:||122|
|Geographical Level:||8 (Higher-level District)|
|ADL Feature Type:||countries, 3rd order divisions|
|May be part of:||Diocese|
|May have as parts:||Rural Deanery|
From the twelfth and thirteenth centuries dioceses were divided into archdeaconries, geographical areas with special administrative and judicial roles under the direction of an archdeacon. They were in turn divided into rural deaneries.