Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Archaeological Inventory Database

This page last updated: 04/06/2007
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Metadata Summary

Originator State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
Abstract The SHPO Archaeological database consists of archaeological properties identified and inventoried by the SHPO, Office of the State Archaeologist, cooperating state and federal agencies, and professional archaeologists in the course of their archaeological research activities. For the past 30 years these activities have been carried out through provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Minnesota Historic Sites Act, and the Minnesota Field Archaeology Act.
Browse Graphic none available
Time Period of Content Date 1998
Currentness Reference Late 19th century to present. Date of most recent fieldwork.
Access Constraints The database is available at no charge to federal and state agency cultural resource managers. Local units of government, historic preservation consultants, and professional archaeologists can obtain information for project specific purposes. Others seeking access to the information contained in the database must obtain written permission from the State Archaeologist or the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. Data is available in .dbf IBM compatible format.
Use Constraints Database is continually being edited so files quickly become out of date.
Distributor Organization State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
Ordering Instructions Contact Distributor
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Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Archaeological Inventory Database

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1. Identification Information
2. Data Quality Information
3. Spatial Data Organization Information
4. Spatial Reference Information
5. Entity and Attribute Information
6. Distribution Information
7. Metadata Reference Information

 
Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
Title Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Archaeological Inventory Database
Abstract The SHPO Archaeological database consists of archaeological properties identified and inventoried by the SHPO, Office of the State Archaeologist, cooperating state and federal agencies, and professional archaeologists in the course of their archaeological research activities. For the past 30 years these activities have been carried out through provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Minnesota Historic Sites Act, and the Minnesota Field Archaeology Act.
Purpose Create an inventory of known and suspected archaeological properties throughout the state; identify and determine eligibility of archaeological properties to the National Register of Historic Places.
Time Period of Content Date 1998
Currentness Reference Late 19th century to present. Date of most recent fieldwork.
Progress In work
Maintenance and Update Frequency Annually
Spatial Extent of Data Minnesota
Bounding Coordinates -97.25
-89.48
49.40
43.50
Place Keywords Minnesota
Theme Keywords society, Archaeology, Archaeological Site, Prehistoric Archaeology, Historic Archaeology, National Register of Historic Places
Theme Keyword Thesaurus ISO 19115 Topic Category
Access Constraints The database is available at no charge to federal and state agency cultural resource managers. Local units of government, historic preservation consultants, and professional archaeologists can obtain information for project specific purposes. Others seeking access to the information contained in the database must obtain written permission from the State Archaeologist or the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. Data is available in .dbf IBM compatible format.
Use Constraints Database is continually being edited so files quickly become out of date.
Contact Person Information Scott Anfinson, Archaeologist
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-296-5434
FAX: 651-282-2374
E-mail: scott.anfinson@mnhs.org
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Browse Graphic File Description Not applicable
Associated Data Sets The SHPO Architecture-History Database
This database consists of architectural and historic properties (buildings, structures, objects, districts, and landscapes) identified and inventoried by the SHPO, state and federal agencies, and local units of government in the course of their historic preservation activities.

 
Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy Data was collected by field crews. Attribute accuracy varies widely. Paper records sometimes list source of information.
Logical Consistency Not applicable
Completeness Archaeological properties from the Chippewa and Superior National Forest are not present in the database. Access to Forest Service information can be obtained by contacting the Chippewa or Superior National Forest.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Data was collected in the field and plotted on a variety of base maps. Archaeological properties visited in the past 30 years are located on USGS maps. Almost all site locations are accurate to the quarter section. Most site locations are accurate to within a quarter-quarter section. Site boundaries are poorly defined, as are site centroids. Database contains as assessment as to the accuracy of the property's location.
Vertical Positional Accuracy Not applicable
Lineage Paper records are from the Office of the State Archaeologist, SHPO Statewide Survey, MHS Archaeology Department, and archaeological research reports in the SHPO. Database is maintained at irregular intervals. Records are edited on an ongoing basis. New properties are added to the database on at least a yearly basis.
Source Scale Denominator 24000
 
Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Native Data Set Environment Windows NT network, Visual dBASE 5.5, arch.dbf
Geographic Reference for Tabular Data None
Spatial Object Type Point
Vendor Specific Object Types Not applicable
Tiling Scheme None
 
Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
Ellipsoid Clarke 1866
Horizontal Datum NAD27
Horizontal Units Meters
Distance Resolution Unknown
Altitude Datum Not applicable
Altitude Units Not applicable
Depth Datum Not applicable
Depth Units Not applicable
UTM Zone Number 14, 15, 16
Coordinate Offsets or Adjustments None
 
Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Entity and Attribute Overview The SHPO Archaeological database has a simple variable-attribute structure. Each record corresponds to an individual property. For properties located in multiple sections, the property record is repeated for each section; the UTM is placed in the first record and represents the property's approximate centroid. The record number for multiple entries are identified in the SITENAME with a (1), (2) etc. The database contains site location information, archaeological research data, and historic preservation management information.

COUNTY - name of the county
SITENUM - Smithsonian Institution's trinomial designation currently assigned by Office of the State Archaeologist
SITENAME - can be designated by the archaeologist responsible for its identification
FIRSTDATE - the year the site was initially recorded
DATESURVEY - last date of fieldwork by a professional archaeologist
FIELDNUM - field number(s) assigned by archaeologists
CITYTWP - name of the minor civil subdivision
REGION - SHPO archaeological research region
USGS - USGS map where the site is located
TOWNSHIP - township number
RANGE - range number
EASTWEST - east or west ranges
SECTION - section number
XQUARTERS - quarter-quarter-quarter section where the property is located
QTRQTRQTR - 10 acre cell
QTRQTR - 40 acre cell
QTR - 160 acre cell
DATUM - NAD27
UTMZONE - UTM zone
EASTING - UTM easting coordinate using NAD27
NORTHING - UTM northing coordinate using NAD27
ACRES - number of acres associated with the property
LOCCONF - confidence of locating property on USGS map
DESCRIPT - site type as defined in SHPO historic context documents
FUNCTION - site function as defined in SHPO historic context documents
MOUNDS - number of earthworks reported at the site
DISTURB - refers to the degree of site disturbance
PERIOD - general temporal period of the site as defined in SHPO historic contexts
TRADITION - archaeological tradition as defined in SHPO historic context documents
CONTEXT - archaeological culture as defined in SHPO historic context documents
DATEMETHOD - method used to date the site
CERAMIC - known ceramic types recovered from the site
LITHIC - known stone tool types recovered from the site
BIOLOGICAL - known human, faunal, and floral remains recovered from the site
OTHER - other archaeological materials recovered from the site
EXOTIC - exotic raw materials recovered from the site
DRAINAGE - location of site within a major drainage basin
SETTING - general landscape setting of the site
OWNERTYPE - owner of the site if known
WORKTYPE - refers to the level of archeological investigation
REPOSITORY - location of the site's collection if known
ACCNUMBER - collection accession numbers if known
REPORTS - most recent research reports
REFERENCE - known references in the published literature
CHANGE - changes made to site database that differ from information on site form
NRHP - list on the National Register of Historic Places
CEF- is the property 'considered eligible' for the National Register
DOE - has the property been formally 'determined eligible' for the National Register
BURIALAUTH - burial authentication by state archaeologist
STATEARCH - Office of the State Archaeologist license number
RCNUMBER- Review and Compliance number from a SHPO review
INDATE - date site is added to the database
NOTES - archaeological terminology that denotes temporal or cultural affiliation
XEASTING- UTM for Zone 15 extended as calculated by LMIC
XNORTHING- UTM for ZONE 15 extended as calculated by LMIC
Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation Minnesota SHPO Archaeological Database documentation
 
Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Publisher State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
Publication Date Unknown
Contact Person Information Scott Anfinson
Archaeologist
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-296-5434
FAX: 651-282-2374
E-mail: scott.anfinson@mnhs.org
Distributor's Data Set Identifier Offline Data
Distribution Liability Contact Distributor
Transfer Format Name .dbf
Transfer Format Version Number
Transfer Size
Ordering Instructions Contact Distributor
Online Linkage none available
 
Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Metadata Date 04/06/2007
Contact Person Information Thomas H. Hruby, Survey and Information Management Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office
345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-296-5434
FAX: 651-282-2374
E-mail: none available
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/gc/stds/metadata.htm


This page last updated: 04/06/2007