I blame the "grey literature" problem for this situation: much of the important information that is produced through CRM and academic research activities in eastern North America is not ultimately published in any form that makes it widely known or easily available. I believe this contributes to a regionalization of research in this country, hurting our ability to assemble datasets of sufficient size and/or spatial scope to address large questions of prehistory. If information about a site is only known or available to a handful of people who happen to have a paper copy of the report on their shelf, does it really exist? In one sense, yes, of course it does. I would argue, however, that we can do much better than we are at disseminating information.
This website is my attempt to address this issue. My first step is to make available the information I collected while assembling data for the JAA paper. The Structures by State/Province section of this site contains a state-by-state listing of sites currently in my database. These sites contain over 1100 prehistoric structures, some of which were not included in the analysis in JAA paper for a variety of reasons. I chose to organize the information by time period within each state because my guess is that such an ordering will be helpful to most users of this website. In the future, I hope to make the content of the site searchable by site name, time period, region, etc.
The listing for each site is currently minimal: site name, county, and citation. References corresponding to the citations are arranged alphabetically on the Bibliography page. Some references are missing: in the coming days I will be systematically checking the site listings vs. the bibliographic information to address any omissions. In the future, I would like the citation(s) in each site listing to link directly to the full bibliographic information. I would also like to link those bibliographic references directly to publications that are available online, in cases where that is possible. I would love to be able to provide copies of reports, theses, articles, book chapters, etc., on this website, but I do not believe I will be able to do that legally.
I have made available as an Excel file the dataset I used for the JAA paper. After some checking, cleaning, and formatting, I plan to make available all the data that I currently have in my database as Access and Excel files. I will probably also produce a shapefile for ready use in ArcGIS.
I hope those of you interested in household archaeology in eastern North America will help build this site by contributing information (email@example.com) and spreading the word. With participation, I suspect we can rather quickly double the number of structures in the database and construct a tool that will be useful for addressing a number of important issues that articulate with the household archaeology of eastern North America.