This is a cooperative effort between the SHA and the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University and is intended to provide users with an artifact catalog system suitable for mid 19th to early 20th century archaeological sites. SHARD (Sonoma Historic Artifact Research Database) is a cataloging system and relational database built on MS Office Access 2003, so you need that program to run it. Everyone is free to use, reproduce, and adapt SHARD as best suits his or her needs. Please give proper credit when you use SHARD and when you cite or reproduce portions of the How-to Manual.

Updated March 2016

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SHARD The How-to Manual (>1 MB PDF)
Like it says, this is the Manual. Read it first.

SHARD The Database and manual (>1 MB ZIP)
The database program itself (ZIP file)

SHARD Coding System by Description (118 KB PDF)
Common artifact categories by description

SHARD Coding System by Group (81 KB PDF)
Common artifact categories by group

SHARD was created by archaeologists Erica Gibson and Mary Praetzellis; Bryan Much helped with database design in Access. The Manual was written by Erica Gibson.

For more information about SHARD contact:

Anthropological Studies Center | Tel. (707) 664-2381 | Fax. (707) 664-4155