METADATA FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES GIS DATA LAYER
DATASET NAME: [CountyName]_Sites
DATASET TYPE: ESRI Shapefile Format
DATASET EXTENT: State-wide or County-wide
FEATURE TYPE: Polygons
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This data set contains archaeological site boundaries and basic site attributes as recorded at the Florida Master Site File.
Projection Geographic Coordinates
Units Decimal Degrees
Spheroid Clarke 1866
COMPUTER HARDWARE USED: Microsoft Windows-Based PCs and Servers
GIS SOFTWARE: ESRI ArcGis 8.3
DATA VERSION: July 2004: This data set updates and replaces all previous versions of the Florida Master Site File archaeological sites data layer. This version incorporates newly recorded sites and updates of previously recorded site plots and attributes.
DATA CURRENCY: Data from the Florida Master Site File are continually updated. On average, the Site File processes 800 additional archaeological site forms each year. This data layer is only current as of the date of this document. Contact the Florida Master Site File for updated data layers.
DATA SOURCE(S) AND SOURCE MAPS: Source data were created by the Division of Historical Resources. The original boundary data are based on field recording forms and site plots submitted to the Site File, which were then hand drawn onto primary series, USGS 7.5', 1:24,000 scale quadrangles. These paper quadrangles with site locations marked are the source maps and are located at the Florida Master Site File. Florida Master Site File site folders contain an Archaeological Site Form with descriptive location data and a photocopy of the source map.
DATA LINEAGE: In the first phase of compiling the FMSF GIS data layers, site boundaries marked on the source maps were hand digitized by an outside contractor using AutoCAD and a digitizing tablet. The four corners (NAD27) of the source maps were used to place the reference system tics. The AutoCAD files were converted to Arc/Info files, converted into geographic coordinates and joined into a statewide coverage. The statewide coverage was then split into 67 county level Arc/Info coverages. The coverages were converted to ArcGIS geodatabases in August 2003 and are now maintained in that format. Additions, updates, and maintenance to the archaeological GIS data layers are performed by Site File staff using on-screen digitizing in ArcMap. Scanned, georeferenced, 1:24,000 scale USGS quadrangles in geographic coordinates (lat./long., NAD27) are used as the base maps for the on-screen digitizing process.
POLYGON FEATURE NOTES: Archaeological sites in this data set often overlap one another. In some areas large polygons may completely obscure smaller ones. For this reason it may sometimes be helpful to display only polygon boundaries or use a transparent polygon fill. Alternatively, a point layer may be created from the centroids of the polygons.
ATTRIBUTE NOTES: The values for the attributes listed are compiled from the Florida Master Site File database. The database and paper files at the Site File site may contain several site forms (an original and updates) for an individual site. This attribute table contains a subset of all available site data. Contact the Florida Master Site File for additional information.
ATTRIBUTE TABLE FIELDS AND DESCRIPTIONS:
Name Type Length
SITEID String 8
SITENAME String 40
SITETYPE1 String 50
SITETYPE2 String 50
SITETYPE3 String 50
SITETYPE4 String 50
SITETYPE5 String 50
SITETYPE6 String 50
CULTURE1 String 50
CULTURE2 String 50
CULTURE3 String 50
CULTURE4 String 50
CULTURE5 String 50
CULTURE6 String 50
CULTURE7 String 50
CULTURE8 String 50
SURVEVAL String 30
SURVEYNUM String 5
D_NRLISTED Date 8
SHPOEVAL String 30
PLOTTYPE String 4
HUMANREMNS String 3
SITEID: This is the official state site number assigned by the Florida Master Site File. The state site number is an eight character string containing a two character county code, a five character numeric code, and an optional single letter character suffix (suffix letter is generally used to indicate sites that are functionally or spatially related).
SITENAME: The site name as recorded at the Florida Master Site File. Usually the principal or best known name for a cultural resource. A site name of "NN" indicates no name has been designated for the site.
SITETYPE1-6: General archaeological site type, especially dealing with aspects of site setting, important structures or features that are present, cultural or settlement function, or relative density of material remains. More than one site type may be represented at the same site. If all six site type fields are populated, there is a possibility that more exist for the site and are recorded in the Site File database. Values in these fields are limited to a discrete list of possibilities used in the Site File database lookup table. Contact the Site File for more information.
CULTURE1-8: Archaeological culture or subculture or historic context represented at the site. More than one culture or historic context may be represented at the same site. If all eight culture fields are populated there is a possibility that more exist for the site and are recorded the Site File database. Values in these fields are limited to a discrete list of possibilities used in the Site File database lookup table. Contact the Site File for more information.
SURVEVAL: Surveyor's evaluation of the cultural resource's eligibility for the National Register when the resource is considered as an independent entity, not as a component or "contributing property" to a potential district. Values in this field are limited to a discrete list of possibilities used in the Site File database lookup table. Contact the Site File for more information.
SURVEYNUM: The serial number assigned by the Site File to the manuscript produced by the project which identified or reexamined the cultural resource. Not all sites have an associated report or manuscript.
D_NRLISTED: Date that the site was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The field is blank if the FMSF database does not indicate the property is National Register listed.
SHPOEVAL: Evaluation of Florida's State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) concerning the eligibility of the resource for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In Florida, the SHPO is the Director of the Division of Historical Resources, acting through staff in the Bureau of Historic Preservation (BHP). Generally the Site File database only contains evaluations made by the Compliance Review staff of BHP. Some properties may be listed on the NRHP without having been reviewed by Compliance Review staff. Therefore, an NR list date (indicating a property is NR listed) takes priority over a 'Not Evaluated by SHPO' value in this field. Values in this field are limited to a discrete list of possibilities used in the Site File database lookup table. Contact the Site File for more information.
PLOTTYPE: A value of 'NORM' in this field indicates that the site plot represents the actual boundary of the archaeological resource as recorded by the surveyor. A value of 'GV' (general vicinity) in this field indicates that the site plot DOES NOT represent actual site boundaries, but rather bounds an area within which the site is believed to be located.
HUMANRMNS: This item contains a 'YES' value if the type of site is a burial (Historic Burial, Prehistoric Burial, or Burial Mound) or if the Site File database indicates that human remains were observed at the site. All other sites have a blank value for this item. *IMPORTANT: A blank value for this item does NOT preclude the possibility of human remains being present at the site. It simply indicates that there is no record of human remains in the Site File electronic database. Note that records of historical cemeteries are kept in a separate Site File data layer and are not included with archaeological sites.
LIMITATIONS OF THE DATA/WARNINGS TO THE USER: The archaeological site data are based on field reports which have been submitted by many and varied individuals, groups, institutions, and cultural resource firms. Submissions to the Site File are sometimes accepted from amateurs (non-archaeologists) as well as professionals. The site locations and attributes are only as accurate as the information submitted to the Site File by the site recorder. The accuracy of submitted information cannot always be verified. The absence of archaeological sites in this data layer does not preclude the existence of an unrecorded site in the field. In fact, only an estimated 10% of the sites in existence are recorded at the Site File.
The locations of archaeological sites, historic structures, unmarked human burials, cemeteries, and other cultural features contained in this (and other) Site File data layers are for resource management, law enforcement, and research purposes only. State law protects archaeological remains on state owned and controlled lands (section 267.13, Florida Statutes). State law protects human burial sites on all lands (sections 872.02 and 872.05, Florida Statutes).
AL Alachua HA Hamilton OK Okaloosa
BA Baker HR Hardee OB Okeechobee
BY Bay HN Hendry OR Orange
BF Bradford HE Hernando OS Osceola
BR Brevard HG Highlands PB Palm Beach
BD Broward HI Hillsborough PA Pasco
CA Calhoun HO Holmes PI Pinellas
CH Charlotte IR Indian River PO Polk
CI Citrus JA Jackson PU Putnum
CL Clay JE Jefferson SJ St. Johns
CR Collier LF Lafayette SL St. Lucie
CO Columbia LA Lake SR Santa Rosa
DA Dade LL Lee SO Sarasota
DE Desoto LE Leon SE Seminole
DI Dixie LV Levy SM Sumter
DU Duval LI Liberty SU Suwannee
ES Escambia MD Madison TA Taylor
FL Flagler MA Manatee UN Union
FR Franklin MR Marion VO Volusia
GD Gadsden MT Martin WA Wakulla
GI Gilchrist MO Monroe WL Walton
GL Glades NA Nassau WS Washington
Name: Vincent Birdsong or Dr. Marion Smith
Florida Master Site File
Address: Bureau of Archaeological Research
R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Phone: (850) 245-6440
Fax: (850) 245-6439
Email: General Site File: email@example.com
GIS Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Site File Supervisor: email@example.com
Report prepared by Vincent S. Birdsong
Document file: p:\fsf\docs\gis\documentation\metadata\metadata_AR.htm