Archaeological Database: A Method for Managing Cultural Resources

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Ballester, Daniel
GIS technology; archaeology; anthropology; cultural resources; database; management; CRM TECH; Archaeological Anthropology; Geographic Information Sciences; Geography
thesis / dissertation description
Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is spreading into all types of disciplines, including archaeology and anthropology. GIS technology is a valuable tool that can be used to manage large databases. CRM TECH recognizes a need for such a system to help it maintain the large amount of data that it has collected for cultural resources in California. This document outlines the procedures for using GIS to provide a solution for CRM TECH in managing its cultural resources. The solution involved producing a database that would be used by CRM TECH for project proposals, record searches, map creation, research before and after fieldwork is completed, field recording, and analysis of data recorded in the field. By creating this database, the researchers at CRM TECH can now look at the spatial data behind the artifacts, sites locations, and project areas that have been recorded to help improve their workflow and research.