University of Victoria - Zooarchaeology Lab Collection

Latest version published by University of Victoria on 26 November 2023 University of Victoria
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26 November 2023
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Comparative collections like the University of Victoria’s Zooarchaeology Lab (UVicZL) are crucial for the accurate identification of skeletal animal remains from archaeological sites. The UVicZL comparative collection is one of the largest and most representative reference collections for coastal species in the North Pacific, with skeletal remains from over 2,900 animals compiled over the last 40 years. The majority of bones identified from archaeological sites on the Northwest Coast have been processed in this lab and the collection is a well known resource. This project initiates the creation of an online database encompassing the originally documented specimen attribute data annotated with Linked Open Data on the mammals, fish, birds, and other animals contained in the collection. To ensure sustainable collection management and data curation, this research develops methods to preserve collection specimen attribute data in perpetuity. Best practices of design, implementation, and usage are followed to ensure data continuity and integrity. The aim is to maintain and assure a consistent and accurate dataset with secure storage and access through trustworthy online repositories. LOD is used to connect broader ecological and Indigenous knowledge, and associated research to collection data. Open Science methods are used to increase awareness of the collection, enhance discoverability and use of the specimens contained in the lab, and remove barriers to make data available to share for reuse and cross-interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

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McKenzie K, McKechnie I (2021): University of Victoria - Zooarchaeology Lab Collection. v1.10. University of Victoria. Dataset/Occurrence. https://doi.org/10.5886/jej09d


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Kathryn McKenzie
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Zooarchaeology Lab, Anthropology Department, University of Victoria
Iain McKechnie
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate Professor
Anthropology Department, University of Victoria

Geographic Coverage

Northwest Coast of North America

Bounding Coordinates South West [29.535, -171.562], North East [71.965, -98.438]

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 10.5886/jej09d