Description of Database Fields for Ceramic Specimens


Field Description
ANID 6-digit Identification number assigned by MURR
Alternate ID Your sample identification number. Examples include catalogue, inventory, or accession numbers.
Excavator Name of person or institution who oversaw excavation or collection of this material.
Source Person Name of person who is submitting this samples for analysis.
Affiliation Institution with which you are affiliated.
Region General region from which this sample comes from. Please consult these reference maps to identify the proper value.
Country Country from which this sample originates.
State/Province State or province from which this sample originates.
County/District County or district from which this sample originates.
Subregion Subregion from which this sample originates. This generally refines an area to a specific geographic area such as a valley, rige, plain, etc.
Site Name Name of the site from which this sample originates.
Site Number Site classification number. For archaeological sites in the U.S., please use the Smithsonian numbering system. If these samples are from other countries, please use the proper national or regional numbering system. If there is no official numbering system, use a published reference and provide a citation in the 'Comments' field below.
Material Nature of the material being submitted. Examples include: Pottery, Clay, Temper (please indicate specific material), Soil, Daub, etc.
Ware General ware description (if submitting pottery). If your region of interest does not use the ware category, use the proper term for type of ceramic: Terra-cotta, Earthenware, Stoneware, China, or Porcelain.
Ceramic Type Specific Type/Variety (or other classification system) name for the pottery type being submitted. Examples include Encinas Red-on-Buff, Vinette I, and Baytown Plain
Vessel Form Form of vessel from which the sherd originates (if known).
Paste General description of the ceramic paste. Generally this includes a statement about texture and/or color.
Major Temper The major tempering material.
Minor Temper Secondary tempering material.
Interior Decoration Description of any decorative elements on the inside of the sherd/vessel.
Exterior Decoration Description of any decorative elements on the outside of the sherd/vessel.
Culture Cultural group with which this material is affiliated.
Context General context of this sample. Examples can include unit numbers, loci, or some other site-specific area. Preferably these will be taken from excavation/survey records or publications.
Provenance Specific context of this sample. Examples can include excavation levels or some other notation that may be used to precisely identify where the artifact came from.
Period Phase, Horizon, or Period during which this material was believed to have been made. This should refine the designation in the field 'Culture.'
Date General or specific dates ascribed to this material. Please give in calendrical years before present (YBP) where present is 1950 by convention.
Longitude Longitude of site. Please provide in decimal degrees (-115.8098) WGS 1984.
Latitude Latitude of site. Please provide in decimal degrees (37.2425) WGS 1984.
UTM Zone Universal Transverse Mercator zone of site. If you use a system other than UTM, provide zone or datum here and give the name of the system in the 'Comments' field below.
Northing UTM (or other coordinate system) northing value.
Easting UTM (or other coordinate system) easting value.
Picture Picture or drawing of the sherd/vessel being submitted. If you do not have a picture of each individual sherd, you may provide a general picture or drawing for the ceramic type being analyzed. This field is optional, but recommended.
Comments Any additional comments or notes concerning this sample.
These are descriptions of the contextual data that must be submitted with samples of pottery, clay, and tempering materials. If you are unsure about what to include in contact the laboratory before sending your samples.