Parks Canada Archaeological Recording Manual: Excavations and Surveys

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3.0 WORK INSTRUMENTS AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The items listed in Table 1 comprise the essential elements for archaeological recording at Parks Canada. These elements are described in detail in the sections that follow. Consult the Table of Contents for specific section references.

Table 1. List of Work Instruments and General Requirements.

Work Instrument or Requirement Obligation Comments
Parks Canada Provenience System Mandatory
Borden System of Site Identification Mandatory
Cataloguing Systems for Images, Drawings, and Media Mandatory where applicable
Type Codes for Images and Media Mandatory
Archaeological Site Inventory Form Recommended Contains mandatory elements and form guide
Image Catalogue Form Recommended Contains mandatory elements and form guide
Media Catalogue Form Recommended Contains mandatory elements and form guide
Suboperation Summary Form Recommended Contains mandatory elements
Lot Summary Form Recommended Contains mandatory elements and form guide
Stratigraphy Summary Form Optional Includes a form guide
Field Notebook Recommended
Staff Field Number Recommended
Data Standards Mandatory where specified
Metadata Standards Mandatory where specified
ISO 8601 All-numeric Date Standard (yyyy-mm-dd) Recommended Government of Canada standard
Coordination between Field Archaeologist, Collections Manager, and/or Archaeological Database Administrator Mandatory where specified
Key Directives, Guidelines, Policies, and Legislation Mandatory where specified Provides general guidance and context for conducting archaeological investigations at Parks Canada

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