The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a new online tool to help people research state historic properties and archaeological resources.
Getting up to speed on state historic properties and archaeological resources has become easier than ever with a new database from the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), which became available on its Web site April 18.
Robert E. Carter Jr., director of DNR and the Indiana State Historic Preservation Officer, said people of all backgrounds will find the State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) informative and helpful.
\"SHAARD offers us the potential to make all the information in these files on Indiana’s rich heritage available electronically to citizens, consultants, agency representatives and scholars for the first time,” he said.
DHPA will manage the database, the current content of which includes information on the Indiana Cemetery Registry, historic bridges, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and historic theaters in Indiana. As funds become available, all information from the Indiana Survey of Historic Sites and Structures files will be added.
SHAARD was made possible with financial support from the Federal Highway Administration, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Historic Preservation Fund of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
The archaeological data contained in SHAARD was collected from previously conducted cultural resource inventories, National Register listings, research projects, and cultural resource management project reports. As funds become available, all of the archaeological survey information in the state files will be added.
Access to archaeological site locations and detailed site information is restricted and password protected but will be granted to qualified individuals who meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards with a specialty in prehistoric, historic or underwater archaeology or geomorphology. Such access will be granted to individuals, not companies.
SHAARD has no GIS component but the DHPA hopes to add one in the future "
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