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Required Professional Data Management Activities


Detailed note taking during field work, followed by swift and concise reporting of results are two of the most important activities for a professional archaeologist to record important information about the past as it is revealed, but also destroyed by our excavations. These documentary practices are codified in the ethical standards expected by professional research organizations, and very frequently are a legal requirement of fieldwork regulated by a government office in the United States or internationally (as the state of Indiana monitors our work at Collier Lodge).

Note Taking - Online and Hard Copy

You will keep a physical and online notebook that will be reviewed regularly, and your entries are very important in the documentation of the excavation. Please ensure your personal notes, excavation forms, and laboratory forms are all clear and complete.

Paper notes will be maintained in two ways:

1. Excavation forms for the project should be completed immediately and as completely as possible. These will be an important resource for your individual notebook.

2. Your individual notebook should be updated throughout each field day, to remind yourself of important activities in your unit or at the site, to record your assessment of project progress, and to note potential interpretations of your finds for later testing. Good times to write in your notebook are after completing forms, after lunch, and on the ride home.

Online notes will be maintained in Google Docs:

1. Create a Google accountIf you have an existing account you may use that one or create a new one to communicate with the class as you choose.

2. The instructors will give you access to a series of Google Docs documents, one for each excavation unit or other analytical activity at the site.

3. Each Wednesday and Friday, those who have significantly worked on an activity (i.e. filled out forms, made maps, or created other information) should coordinate their notes to type up an online log of the activity.a. Dr. Wells and Dr. Schurr will review the notes for discussion each Tuesday and Thursday.

b. Three notebook computers will be available at the site and in the vehicles for you to type rough draftsand save them to a USB drive or email them to yourself upon return to campus.

4. The Google Docs materials will be made publicly available through the project website and the KVHS as part of our outreach - write like the world is watching! (note: only students and instructors will be able to edit)

Final Reporting of Results

During your final week of class, you will use Google Docs to write a brief, formal narrative on the fundamentals of the excavation and/or lab work you were involved with (3-5 pages).

This will be a professional essay that can be integrated into the next report to the State of Indiana and will make your activities intelligible to future researchers who are interested in reusing data gathered in 2011.

Students will be expected to review and comment on one another's work

Instructors and official paperwork will be made available for guidance

Site Map with Prior Excavations and Other Features.


E 83-85 / N 94-96 

E 86-88 / N 92-94

E 84-86 / N 91-92

E 80-82 / N 89-91

E 83-84 / N 84-86

E 90-92 / N 90/91