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Archaeology Search Help

Queries of the SBCM databases operate by searching collection records for any string of characters entered in the Search Terms box. Search terms are not case sensitive.

Search Term entered.  Example: Entering the term 1352 will return all records that contain that term in any of the data fields.  Please note the following words may be abbreviated in some data records and could affect your search results:  Canyon as Cyn; Mountain as Mtn; Road as Rd; Spring as Spg; Springs as Spgs; Valley as Vly.

Partial Terms may be entered in the Search Term box.  Example: Entering the string snak will return records of containing Snake Springs, Rattlesnake Canyon, Rattlesnake Creek, etc.

Multiple Terms may be entered in the Search Term box, separated by a space.  Example: Entering Arizona BLM will retrieve all records of materials from BLM land in Arizona. (This is an "AND" search).

To Narrow the Search, view results of the first search; reenter more exact terms in the Search Term box.
To Sort the retrieved data, single-click on a column heading.  To reverse the sort, click again on the column heading.
To Retrieve further details for a record, click on the underlined SBCM number to open the detail page.

SBCM No. = The number assigned to a collection of artifacts, photographs, or documents. The SBCM number may be assigned to a single archaeological site or may be assigned to several archaeological sites if they are from one project.
Trinomial = The site number as given by the Archaeological Information Center, and recognized by SHPO.
Land Holder = refers to which party is ultimately in charge of the collection.
Name = The common name of a site.

SBCM Locus
= The different loci of a single archaeological site.
Type (Single or multiple) = Refers to whether or not the SBCM number contains one trinomial site number or multiple sites.
Beginning CS, Ending CS, Metates and other heavy objects = If we have artifacts in the collection they will be given a CS number (compact storage number). If the field is empty, we have no artifacts in the collections. An SBCM number may refer to slides (e.g., of rock art) or documentation of a site rather than actual artifacts collected from a site.
Cataloged = Whether or not the collection of artifacts has been cataloged.

The online database only represents a portion of the collections. The intent of the online catalog at this point in time is simply to demonstrate the breadth of the collections. Researchers should direct queries concerning collections to the curatorial staff for more complete information. Also note that electronic collections data are only proxies for actual objects. Although the database is regularly checked for quality, its accuracy is not guaranteed. If you notice an error or omission, please contact the curator,

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