The Revival of the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD)


CARD was developed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) by Richard Morlan as a text-based online tool to compile c14 dates from archaeological and palaeontological contexts. Over the years it has compiled about 40,000 dates from across Canada and into the northern United States. The database has grown to the extent that it can now be used to answer critical continental-scale questions of demography and human-ecosystem interactions In July 2014, the CMH and the Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) at the University of British Columbia initiated a partnership to revise CARD. In this paper we review and showcase the new features of this foundational database (including spatialization, data field flexibility, batch up/downloading, dynamic searching). We also outline our plans for expanding the database’s reach in area and subject as well as adding to its functionality. We also discuss CARD as an example of a new management system for ‘big data’ which decentralizes authority and develops comprehensiveness through crowdsourcing.

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The Revival of the Canadian Archaeological Radiocarbon Database (CARD). Andrew Martindale, Matthew Betts, Michael Blake, Nicholas Jakobsen, Ryan Wallace. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395548)


Spatial Coverage

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