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
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
will return records of containing
Multiple Terms may be entered in the Search Term box,
separated by a space.
Example: Entering Arizona
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.
SEARCHABLE ARCHAEOLOGY DATABASE FIELDS INCLUDE:
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.
DETAIL FIELDS INCLUDE:
SBCM Locus = The different loci of a single archaeological
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
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,