Help with Downloading

To download data, click on the link for the particular site you are interested in, or click on the link on the All Sites row to get the whole data set. The data will be downloaded as a compressed zip file. Once the file is downloaded, follow the directions for your particular operating system to extract the compressed files.

Site Maps

Site maps are provided in JPG format; most are in fairly high resolution.

GIS Files

GIS files are provided in ESRI ArcReader PMF format.

Artifacts/Contexts/Historical Data

This data is supplied as a Microsoft Access (accdb) database. This data can be opened in Access or imported into several other database formats. Contact us if you have an older version of Access or cannot use Access files.

Licensing, Citing, and Use of Data

Data is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Data can be used for research and modified as you see fit; attribution is requested for extensive use of the data.

Data use should be cited as follows: "Data from the Colonial Encounters project (" Individual photos should also include any credit line listed on the associated web page.

About the Project

A multi-year and multi-institution collaboration standardizing and synthesizing archaeological data for important sites in the Potomac River Valley during the period 1500-1720.

Technical Data

How we gathered and organized the data, details about the databases, information for those who want to download and work with the data.

Browse the Sites

Browse the 34 archaeological sites included in the project. These site summaries include links to images, maps, GIS data, and artifact collections.

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