Vol. VIII, No. 4

February, 1996

Archaeological Data Archive Now Operating

The Archaeological Data Archive now has information available for access. The first data contributed to the archive from outside the CSA/ADAP family comes from Professor Michael Adler of Southern Methodist University.

Professor Adler's Pueblo site data for the period from 1150 to 1350 and an introductory discussion of the nature of the material are now available as Web documents through the ADAP URL,

(This site has been replaced by www.csanet.org/archive/adap. - 11 July 2000)

The discussion has been extracted and altered from its original form. It is published along with the site data in The Prehistoric Pueblo World, A.D. 1150-1350 edited by Michael Adler, and available from the University of Arizona Press. The site information for each of twelve regions of study was first presented by participants in the "Pueblo Cultures in Transition" conference in 1990, and in most cases, the data were updated for publication. Those published data tables are now on line at the ADAP Web site.

The primary challenge in compiling the master data table was to include all the data pertinent to the regional syntheses without sacrificing the overall utility of the data base. The paper publication includes maps of all the district data presented in the data tables. Each site's approximate location is indicated on a map, and each is labeled with the Site ID Number used in the table.

The discussion at the Web site includes descriptions of data categories and information about procedures. Therefore, the data should be useful as presented there.

Also available through the archive are the CAD files and associated data files from the work on the older propylon by CSA Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II. A number of photographs and drawings are included as well.

In the case of Professor Adler's data, the actual data are available on the Web; they can, of course, be downloaded by simply asking for the source in a Web browser. Not all data files, however, can be accessed so easily, and instructions are included to tell users of the site how to access those data files (CAD files, .dbf files, text files, or images) not directly assessible.

ADAP personnel are eager to assist other scholars in preparing material for archival preservation. Please contact Harrison Eiteljorg, II, at the CSA office for more information.

For further information on the ADAP project and the contents of its archives, please visit the ADAP homepage and the description of its archives.

For other Newsletter articles concerning the ADAP consult the Subject index.

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