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This project is to design an interactive system for researchers to quickly assess geographic and chronological distributions of archaeological plant materials in eastern North America. Ideally, the project will be expanded to include other world regions following successful application in eastern North America. The backbone of the system will be a database of archaeobotanical records that users can query by multiple variables, including plants by various taxonomic levels, geographic areas, and time spans. An interactive GIS-based map with location data of archaeological sites (at the county level) associated with the records in the database will be the primary interface for users. Users may query the database to reveal points on the map corresponding with records that meet the defined parameters. For each record in the database, links will be included to relevant archaeological publications; the USDA PLANTS database, which provides valuable information on native status, taxonomic position, modern distribution, habitat, and other factors; and any other relevant materials including ethnobotanical resources (e.g. Moerman’s Native American Ethnobotany Database) and available genetic data (GenBank). A template for the database will be pre-defined, and individual records can be added by researchers in order to expand the usefulness of this system. The goal of this project is essentially to design a template upon which a large bottom-up database of archaeobotanical reference data can be built.

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  1. This project is to design an interactive system for researchers to quickly assess geographic and chronological distributions of archaeological plant materials in eastern North America. Ideally, the project will be expanded to include other world regions following successful application in eastern North America. The backbone of the system will be a database of archaeobotanical records that users can query by multiple variables, including plants by various taxonomic levels, geographic areas, and time spans. An interactive GIS-based map with location data of archaeological sites (at the county level) associated with the records in the database will be the primary interface for users. Users may query the database to reveal points on the map corresponding with records that meet the defined parameters. For each record in the database, links will be included to relevant archaeological publications; the USDA PLANTS database, which provides valuable information on native status, taxonomic position, modern distribution, habitat, and other factors; and any other relevant materials including ethnobotanical resources (e.g. Moerman’s Native American Ethnobotany Database) and available genetic data (GenBank). A template for the database will be pre-defined, and individual records can be added by researchers in order to expand the usefulness of this system. The goal of this project is essentially to design a template upon which a large bottom-up database of archaeobotanical reference data can be built.