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Building a New Ontology for Historical Archaeology Using the Digital Index of North American Archaeology

Author(s): Robert DeMuth ; Kelsey Noack Myers ; Joshua J Wells ; Stephen Yerka ; David Anderson ; Eric Kansa ; Sarah W. Kansa

Year: 2016

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Unlike prehistoric archaeology, there is no general unified system by which historical archaeological sites are classified. This problem, which is in part due to recognized biases in the recording of historic archaeological sites, has resulted in numerous incompatible systems by which various states classify historic sites. This study demonstrates a first step toward providing historical archaeologists with the means of creating a more cohesive ontology for historic site reporting. The advent of the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) affords historical archaeologists an important opportunity to assess how historic site recording is accomplished at a massive level. This paper uses DINAA to examine the multiple ways SHPOs across the United States have dealt with historic sites, and explores the means by which DINAA might be used to create an ontology that integrates with these legacy systems and is simultaneously more useful to the future of historic archaeology.

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Building a New Ontology for Historical Archaeology Using the Digital Index of North American Archaeology. Robert DeMuth, Kelsey Noack Myers, Joshua J Wells, Stephen Yerka, David Anderson, Eric Kansa, Sarah W. Kansa. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434751)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America