This WMS was designed to share information about archaeological sites registered with the Sites Office, Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC).
The CMC is the designated agency for administering the Borden system of Site Identification for Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and, by special arrangement, Prince Edward Island.
The Sites Office has been accepting archaeological site data for registration and documenting field research for more than thirty years. Throughout this time, it has developed bilingual classifications and standards for cultural data. It has also developed database and cartographic applications.
Geographic technology used for site registration has evolved tremendously over the years. Beginning with paper maps and hand-made scales, it progressed to digitizing systems, geographic information systems (GIS) and finally to Web Map Services (WMS) for data sharing and dissemination. The WMS portion of this site represents the first generation of such applications at the Canadian Museum of Civilization; its main purpose is to disseminate geo-referenced data in a visually interesting and interactive mapping interface.
The information in these Web pages was extracted from the Sites Database. It is presented in various formats and levels of detail to accommodate the needs of a large range of users from the casual browser to the more advanced user.
Whether you are an archaeologist planning fieldwork, a student researching a paper, a land manager dealing with heritage issues, a translator looking for a specific term, a designer of public WMS applications or a member of the general public curious about archaeological sites, it is hoped that the data presented here will be of use as a first level reference tool.
So, come and learn about the Borden system, discover unique archaeological vestiges and explore new mapping technologies.
Funding for this project was provided partly by the GeoConnections program.
Please note that archaeological sites are finite resources; specific site locations are protected and confidential.
The maps and data available on these Web pages are general in nature.
Thematic maps have been prepared in both static and animated formats. They are available for viewing, printing or downloading. Themes include general distribution of archaeological sites by broad temporal classes and by cultural affiliation. Maps showing Upper Borden blocks by territory or province are also available.
These include a bibliography, a data dictionary and classification tables.
The bibliography contains published references listed in the CMC Sites Database, grouped by Territory and Upper Borden.
A Data Dictionary contains a complete listing of data fields used in this application.
Representative photographs of several feature types have been compiled into a set and posted in a photo gallery. Links have been added to several elements in the Features classification table to illustrate specific feature types.
A Web Map Service:
The Web Viewer is designed to accommodate searches by a number of attributes including Borden Number, Culture, Site Features, Researcher and Year Observed.
Please note that site locations are protected resources.
The Web Viewer will not display point data when zoomed in beyond a scale of 1:2,000,000