Archaeological Study Areas (Limited Attributes)

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Archaeology
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This spatial layer contains polygons representing areas assessed for archaeological sites or archaeological potential. In most cases, study areas were subjected to in-field inspection; however, they may also include areas that were subjected to a desktop assessment and were not inspected in the field because they were evaluated to have low potential for archaeological sites. Limited attributes are included (see below).

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information


The Archaeological Study Areas layer is a reference tool used to aid in the identification of previous archaeological studies that have taken place in a given area. Assessment by a professional archaeologist may include the following:

  • Remote viewing of the location to assess archaeological potential (e.g., an Archaeological Overview Assessment);
  • Pedestrian survey of the area enclosed within the study area polygon;
  • Subsurface testing to inspect an area for evidence of archaeological materials or features;
  • Systematic data recovery at a known archaeological site for the purposes of salvage or academic inquiry; and,
  • Alteration of an archaeological site under a permit issued by the Archaeology Branch.

The presence of an archaeological study area polygon does not negate the need for further archaeological work at that location. For more information about study area assessment results, check the corresponding report in the Provincial Archaeological Report Library (PARL) or submit an information request to the Archaeology Branch at

Data Quality

Please note the following data accuracy and completeness issues:

(1) This layer includes:

  • Study areas for heritage inspection and heritage investigation permits issued by the Archaeology Branch since July 2009

(2) This layer may sometimes include (but largely excludes):

  • Study areas for permits pre-dating July 2009
  • Study areas for alteration permits
  • Non-permitted study areas

(3) It may take several months for recently submitted study areas to be uploaded to the layer.

(4) Study area locations are not always verified for accuracy during the upload process. Please report any errors to the Archaeology Branch.

More Information

Contact Information

NameJoel Kinzie (businessExpert)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
NameCynthia Lake (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Government
Who can download this dataset?Not downloadable

Metadata Information

Record Published 2019-05-13
Record Last Modified 2021-08-02
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: ARCH_STUDY
Comments: This spatial layer contains polygons representing archaeological study areas that have been assessed by ground truthing in the field by a professional archaeologist. Presence of an archaeological study area neither confirms nor denies presence of an archaeological site; that information is available in the associated permit or non-permit report. This is a multi-part polygon layer.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
PERMIT_NUMBER PRMT_NMBR VARCHAR2 200 A unique number assigned to a project or study. One permit number can be issued for multiple study areas. The format of this number is the 4-digit year in which the permit was issued, followed by a sequential number starting at 1 within each year (YYYY–NNN), e.g., 2009-123. For non-permitted study areas, the format is the year of the project or study followed by the text "non-permit", e.g., 2018 non-permit.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 The system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 The system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 64 The column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 A column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 A binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.