Archaeological Study Areas (Limited Attributes)

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

This spatial layer contains polygons representing archaeological study areas that have been assessed by a professional archaeologist. Limited attributes are included (see below).

Data and Resources

This dataset has no data.

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information

Purpose

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. In many (but not all) cases, study areas will have been ground-truthed by visual archaeological inspection. The presence of an archaeological study area polygon does not always mean the area was fully assessed, nor does it reveal whether or not there are archaeological sites or archaeological potential in that area. Additional resources must be consulted to understand what is known about archaeological resources within the study area. 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 www.archdatarequest.nrs.gov.bc.ca.

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

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

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Government
Who can download this dataset?Government

Metadata Information

Record Published 2019-05-13
Record Last Modified 2019-05-31
Resource Status completed
Spatial DataSDO_GEOMETRY

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_ARCHAEOLOGY.RAAD_STUDY_AREAS_SV

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
STUDY_AREA_ID NUMBER 38 STUDY_AREA_ID is a user system maintained unique identification number, e.g., 23.
PERMIT_NUMBER VARCHAR2 200 PERMIT_NUMBER is 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 NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 64 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
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 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.