Site Forms

Each archaeological site recorded in the state of Georgia is documented on a one page form known, oddly enough, as the Georgia Archaeological Site Form. Each site recorded is given an Official State Site Number. The site number utilizes the Smithsonian Trinomial System, meaning that the first number in the Official State Site Number is the number of the state (Georgia) as it appears alphabetically in a list of the contiguous 48 U.S. states. For Georgia this number is nine(9). The state number is followed by a two letter abbreviation for the county in which the site was found. A complete list of county abbreviations can be found in the On Line Documents Section of our web page with the computer database codes. The final number is the actual site number, which is assigned to sites in the order in which they are found in a given county. Using this system, the first site in Bartow County, Georgia, (the Etowah Mounds) would be 9BR1.

A site form records information about the location of the site, including coordinates, elevation, topography, and vegetation. The form also records information about the cultural periods and phases during which a site wsa occupied. (For example, 9BR1, the Etowah mounds, would be associated with the Mississippian culture period because of its association with chiefdoms and the building of large platform mounds. It would be associated with the Etowah phase because Etowah Complicated Stamped pottery is found there). In addition, the form documents who recorded the site, when it was recorded, and lists whatever reports may have been written about the site.

The Georgia Archaeological Site Form is a standard document. While individuals and institutions are permitted to create their own site forms and submit them in order to recieve site numbers, such forms must closely resemble the original and it is a good idea to contact the Director to ensure that your custom site form will be accepted. Contract Archaeologists may request a hard copy of our site form for duplication. Avocational archaeologists may receive as many copies as they request. Thanks to Michelle Riley of Southeastern Archeological Services, you can download a Georgia Archaeological Site Form Template for use in Wordperfect. This template comes with instructions for its use. You may also download our form in Adobe Acrobat format. For more information on Site Forms see our policy and our pamphlet on filling out forms.

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