Archaeological Inventory Database, Minnesota

This page last updated: 06/20/2014
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1. Overview
2. Data Quality
3. Data Organization
4. Coordinate System
5. Attributes
6. Distribution - Get Data
7. Metadata Reference

Section 1 Overview
Originator State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society (MHS)
Title Archaeological Inventory Database, Minnesota
Abstract The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Archaeological database, now maintained by The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), consists of archaeological properties identified and inventoried by SHPO, OSA, 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, and identify and determine eligibility of archaeological properties to the National Register of Historic Places.
Time Period of Content Date
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, MN
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Use Constraints Database is continually being edited so files quickly become out of date.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, State Archaeologist
Office of the State Archaeologist
Fort Snelling History Center
St. Paul, MN  55111-4061
Phone: 612-725-2411
Fax: 612-725-2427
Email: scott.anfinson@state.mn.us
Browse Graphic None available
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
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 United States Geological Survey (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 OSA, 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.

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
UTM Zone Number 14, 15, 16
Horizontal Datum NAD27
Horizontal Units Meters

Section 5 Attributes
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 MnGeo
XNORTHING- UTM for ZONE 15 extended as calculated by MnGeo
Detailed Citation Minnesota SHPO Archaeological Database documentation
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Section 6 Distribution
Publisher State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Minnesota Historical Society
Publication Date Unknown
Contact Person Information Scott Anfinson, State Archaeologist
Office of the State Archaeologist
Fort Snelling History Center
St. Paul, MN  55111-4061
Phone: 612-725-2411
Fax: 612-725-2427
Email: scott.anfinson@state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier arch_inv
Distribution Liability Contact Distributor
Ordering Instructions 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.
Online Linkage None available

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 06/20/2014
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo)
658 Cedar Street, Room 300
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-201-2489
Fax: 651-296-6398
Email: gisinfo.mngeo@state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/committee/standards/mgmg/metadata.htm


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