Archaeological Culture Areas

Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Archaeology
Licensed under Access Only

Polygon layer containing boundaries of Archaeological Culture Areas. Archaeological Culture Areas are defined by broad criteria (e.g., available resources; climate; language groups) which are used to categorize and predict the distribution and types of archaeological sites present. The Archaeology Branch refers to an archaeologist’s experience within a culture area when assessing eligibility for undertaking permitted archaeological work in BC.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Data Quality
Lineage Statement

Contact Information

NameDiana Cooper (pointOfContact)
EmailDiana.Cooper@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationArchaeology
NameCynthia Lake (pointOfContact)
Emailcynthia.r.lake@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationArchaeology

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2017-03-29
Record Last Modified 2017-09-05
Resource Status underDevelopment

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_ARCHAEOLOGY.RAAD_CULTURE_AREAS_SP

Short Name: CLTRL_AREA
Comments: The dataset divides the province of British Columbia into three culture areas defined by broad criteria (e.g., available resources; climate; language groups) which are used to categorize and predict the distribution and types of archaeological sites present. The archaeology group refers to an archaeologist’s experience within a culture area when assessing eligibility for undertaking permitted archaeological work in BC. This is a polygon layer.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CULTURE_AREA_ID CLTR_R_ID NUMBER 10 CULTURE AREA ID is a system generated unique identification number.
CULTURE_AREA_NAME CLTR_NAME VARCHAR2 50 CULTURE AREA NAME is the name of culture area defined by archaeology group, e.g., Subarctic-Boreal Forest.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19 FEATURE AREA SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE LENGTH M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA ANNO_CAD BLOB 4000 SE ANNO CAD DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO GEOMETRY storage data type.

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