Data Dictionary

Archaeological Sites Layer Data Dictionary

Borden Number | Upper Borden | Lower Borden | Sequence Number | Site Name | Designated Heritage Sites and National Parks Sites | Territory/Province | District/County | Site Type Class | Site Type | Features | Culture

Borden Number

FIELD NAME
Borden Number

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the unique Borden Number assigned to the site.
The Borden System of Site Identification is a national system and provides a unique identifier for each archaeological site in Canada.
As a general rule, a site must be at least 50 years old and abandoned before qualifying for a Borden Number.

FORMAT:
First alpha character upper case, second alpha character lower case, third upper case, forth lower case, followed by a hyphen and numeric.

Any extraneous characters after the sequence number must be separated with a space (example: MkVl-9 A).

COMMENTS
The Borden System is an alphanumeric system used to assign a unique identifier to each archaeological site reported in Canada. The system consists of a grid based on the National Topographic Series of maps published by Natural Resources Canada. Two upper case alpha characters, forming a sequence, which runs from south to north and from east to west, identify each grid block. Each upper case alpha is followed by a lower case alpha, which designates a subdivision of the grid block based on latitude and longitude. Sites within each lower case block are assigned sequential numbers by a responsible institution. This field is mandatory in Sites Inventory records.

EXAMPLES
CcCq-3
JfVg-1
LiPk-1
KKlN-4

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Upper Borden

FIELD NAME
Upper Borden

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the two upper case characters contained in the Borden Number of the site.

COMMENTS
SEARCHABLE.

EXAMPLES
JU
MD
NH

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Lower Borden

FIELD NAME
Lower Borden

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the two lower case characters contained in the Borden Number of the site.

COMMENTS
NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results.

EXAMPLES
bt
le
if

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Sequence Number

FIELD NAME
Sequence Number

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the sequence portion of the Borden Number of the site. See also the Borden Number field.

COMMENTS
NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results. Note that single digit sequence numbers are zero-filled to one space in this field to aid in sorting.

EXAMPLES
01
12
136

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Site Name

FIELD NAME
Site Name

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates all names by which the site is or has been known including traditional place names.

COMMENTS
NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results

EXAMPLES
Otter Falls #1
Tsiigeh tshik
Arnakadlak
Mitchells Wharf

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Designated Heritage Sites and National Parks Sites

FIELD NAME
Designated Heritage Sites and National Parks Sites

FIELD DEFINITION
This field flags designated heritage sites or indicates the name of the National Park in which the site is located.

COMMENTS
SEARCHABLE. View a table of searchable terms.

EXAMPLES
Designated Heritage Site
Auyuittuq National Park
Kluane Naitional Park

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Territory/Province

FIELD NAME
Territory/Province

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the territory or province in which the site is located. See examples for format used.

COMMENTS
NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results

EXAMPLES
YUKON NWT
NUNAVUT
PEI

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District/County

FIELD NAME
District/County

FIELD DEFINITION
Field contains the district (where applicable) in which the site is located. It may also apply to regional districts and counties.

COMMENTS
This field must be filled for all Nunavut and PEI sites. NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results.

EXAMPLES
Authority list for Nunavut districts*:
North Baffin
South Baffin
West Kitikmeot
East Kitikmeot
Keewatin
Sanikiluaq


Authority list for PEI for counties:
Prince
Queens
Kings

*Source: Nunavut Planning Commission- Land Use Planning Regions, 1999.

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Site Type Class

FIELD NAME
Site Type Class

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates a first level classification of the site type based on its associated period of occupation and/or function.
FORMAT
An Authority List is in effect.
Tentative assignations are identified by the entry of a space "?" after the term.
Indigenous sites dated pre-1950 are classified as "pre-contact" or "indigenous historic".
Non-indigenous sites dated pre-1950 are classified as "historic".
All sites dated post-1950 are listed as "contemporary".
As a general rule, a site must be at least 50 years old and abandoned before qualifying for a Borden Number.

COMMENTS
NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results.

EXAMPLES : Authority List :
pre-contact;:;précontact
historic;:;historique
indigenous historic;:;historique indigène
contemporary;:;contemporain
undetermined;:;indéterminé
natural;:;naturel

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Site Type

FIELD NAME
Site Type

FIELD DEFINITION
Generally, the field indicates the main type of activity that occurred at the site as in ''campsite (hunting). It can also describe the type of archaeological site as in ''isolated find'' or ''sacred site''.

COMMENTS
View a list of terms occurring in this field.

NOT SEARCHABLE but the data is returned in query results.

EXAMPLES
campsite (hunting)
station (hunting)
campsite (fishing)
workshop (lithic)
lookout
RCMP
isolated find
sacred

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Site Features

FIELD NAME
Features

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates observable archaeological features at the site.

COMMENTS
Natural features are occasionally recorded especially if they are of cultural significance. A mountain figuring in a local legend or ancient waterfalls or long-used thermal springs are examples.

SEARCHABLE. View the Site Features Look-up Table of searchable terms.

EXAMPLES
scatter (lithic)
tent ring
hearth
cache
house (mid-passage)
caribou fence
inuksuk

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Culture

FIELD NAME
Culture

FIELD DEFINITION
This field indicates the specific cultural affiliation(s) assigned to the site by the researcher.

COMMENTS
Tentative assignations are identified by the entry of a space “?” after the term.

SEARCHABLE. View more details on cultural data.

EXAMPLES
Taye Lake
Inuvialuit
Dogrib
ASTt ?
Pre-Dorset
Thule
Inuit
Acadian



Research Activity Layer Data Dictionary

Researcher Name

FIELD NAME
Researcher Name

FIELD DEFINITION
This field contains the name of the researcher reporting the site.

COMMENTS
SEARCHABLE.

EXAMPLES
Date observed = 2003
Researcher = Savelle, J.

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Date Observed

FIELD NAME
Observation Date

FIELD DEFINITION
This field contains the year of observation following the format : 1234.

COMMENTS
SEARCHABLE but only in combination with Researcher Name.

EXAMPLES
Date observed = 2003
Researcher = Savelle, J.

NOTE : The “Archaeological Sites” layer and the “Research Activity” layer are not linked.

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