Database Creation for the Legacy Collection of Hannastown

Author(s): Timothy A. Carn

Year: 2016


The rapid technological advances in digital computing of the preceding fifty years have allowed

for an ever increasing complex analysis of archaeological assemblages. For those working with

legacy collections curated before the advent of personal computing, the task of digitizing and

formatting data into a usable form while also insuring against the same obsolescence that is

being corrected can be daunting.

The Applied Archaeology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania takes a multi-faceted

approach to this task with its work with the Hanna’s Town collection, totaling over one million

artifacts. By examining the needs of the modern researcher, the shortcomings of prior

digitization efforts, and future technological trends, a list of best practices was created. From this

list of best practices, a database and custom entry form were created in Microsoft Access; and

procedures for entry, storing, and archiving data were developed.

Cite this Record

Database Creation for the Legacy Collection of Hannastown. Timothy A. Carn. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434470)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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