Description of Database Fields for Geological 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: Obsidian, Chert, Basalt, Rhyolite, etc.
Sample Type Use "Artifact" if this is an artifact, use "Source" if this is a piece from a geological source
Description Description of the piece being submitted. If it is an artifact, examples include: Bifacial tool, flake, core, blade, etc. If it is a piece representing a geological source, use descriptive terms such as Nodule/Cobble or Bedrock Sample.
Culture Use this field to list the cultural affiliation of the submitted piece. Only use this field if the piece you are submitting is an artifact.
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 dates ascribed to this material. Please give in calendrical years B.C/A.D.
Longitude Longitude of site. Please provide in WGS 1984.
Latitude Latitude of site. Please provide in 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 artifact or source sample being submitted. If you do not have a picture of each individual piece, you may provide a general picture or drawing. This field is optional, but recommended.
Comments Any additional comments or notes concerning this sample.
Contextual data that must be submitted with samples of obsidian, chert, and other geological materials. If you are unsure about what to include in contact the laboratory before sending your samples.