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What is this site?
How do I login?
What if I don't have a login?
What if I have forgotten my password?
Where do I go to search?
How do I use the search?
What does each search field mean?
What is all this information I am looking at?
The results returned are not what I am looking for. What do I do now?
When I click on another page of search results, nothing is returned. Why is that?
Sometimes I get logged out for no reason. What is going on?
My question is not answered here. What should I do?

Q. What is this site?
A. This site in an online library of the artifact collections of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here, you can search and view the records of over 7 million artifacts and samples collected by the RLA since the mid-1930s.
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Q. How do I login?
A. If you have a valid email address and password registered with the site, you can login by clicking the login button at the top of the page and then entering the requested information. When you are finished with your session, you may click "Logout" at the top-right of the screen before exiting the site.
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Q. What if I don't have a login?
A. For our casual users, you do not need a login. You are allowed to view the site as a guest. As a guest, you can perform searches and view the results. Only professional users will have a login, which they can get by emailing Steve Davis at rpsdavis@unc.edu.
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Q. What if I have forgotten my password?
A. If you try to login only to find that you have forgotten your password, you can click the link on the invalid login page to send your password to the registered email address.
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Q. Where do I go to search?
A. Simply click "Search Database" at the top of the page.
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Q. How do I use the search?
A. When searching the collection, you can specify a maximum of fifteen search criteria. To add more criteria, click the plus sign to add fields to the bottom. You can also click the minus sign to take away fields from the bottom. For each entry, choose the search field from the pull-down menu and then type the criteria for that field in the text box next to it. Once you have filled in all the desired search criteria, click "Search" to bring up the search results.
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Q. What does each search field mean?
A. Each field relates to a different aspect of an artifact. Their explanations are as follows:
RLA Site Number - This is an archaeological site designation (county code and numbered site within county) assigned by the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-CH.
State Site Number - This is an archaeological site designation (state code, county code, and numbered site within county) assigned by the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.
Site Name - Name of site.
County - County where site is located.
State - US State where site is located.
Country - Country where site is located.
USGS Quad Map - US Geological Survey quadrangle map where site is located.
Accession Number - Accession number.
Specimen Number - Specimen number that is unique to the accession in which it belongs.
Primary Context - Primary context from which the arifact(s) was recovered.
Secondary Context - Secondary context from which the artifact(s) was recovered.
Artifact Description - A brief description of the artifact(s).
Material Type - Type of material from which artifact(s) is made.
Artifact Category - Standardized artifact category, based on the artifact descriptions.
Collector - Name of the person assigning the accession number. This usually is the person responsible for obtaining the artifact(s).
Year Acquired - Year or years artifacts in an accession were obtained.
Status - Status of artifact(s).
In addition to these descriptions, there is a list of all possible artifact categories, so you can be more informed when doing your searches. This list can accessed from the search page or by clicking here. This list is in PDF format which requires Adobe Reader.
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Q. What is all this information I am looking at?
A. The information given by this site may be a little confusing if you are not familiar with the field of archaeology. Most information concerning an artifact falls into one of three categories: site, accession, and specimen. The site information refers to the archaeological sites, which is geographic information about where the artifacts were collected. Accession information refers to the accession to which the artifact belongs. Before you ask, an "accession" is the archaeological term for a collection of artifacts that are related. Artifacts in a single accession are related by the way in which they were collected, usually all excavated from the same site or donated as part of a single collection. Specimen information refers to the artifacts themselves. Each specimen refers to one or more artifacts, so a single specimen could be a single arrowhead or all the pieces that make up a clay pot.
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Q. The results returned are not what I am looking for. What do I do now?
A. When looking at the page of your search results, you can click "Refine your search" that is located below the number of results returned near the top of the page. Please do not click your browser's "Back" button. By clicking "Refine your search", you will be taken back to the search page where all of your previous search criteria will already be filled in. Now you can edit your criteria or add more criteria and search again.
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Q. When I click on another page of search results, nothing is returned. Why is that?
A. This site requires that cookies be enabled on your web browser. Here are instructions for various web browsers on how to enable cookies:
Internet Explorer 6.0
1. Click on the Tools-menu in Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the Internet Options item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Click on the Privacy tab near the top of the window.
4. Move the slider so that is on one of the levels below Medium High (including Medium, Low, Accept All Cookies).
5. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Internet Explorer 5.0/5.5
1. Click on the Tools-menu in Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the Internet Options item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Click on the Security tab near the top of the window.
4. Click on the Custom Level... button near the bottom of the window.
5. Scroll down to Cookies in the new dialog, and set both "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" and "Allow per-session cookies to Enable.
6. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Mozilla Firefox/Suite
1. Click on the Tools-menu in Mozilla
2. Click on the Options... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Click on the Privacy selection in the left part of the window.
4. Expand the Cookies section.
5. Check the Enable cookies and Accept cookies normally checkboxes.
6. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Older Mozilla versions
1. Click on the Edit-menu in Mozilla.
2. Click on the Preferences... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Expand the Privacy & Security selection in the left part of the window.
4. Click on the Cookies selection.
5. Check the Enable all cookies checkbox.
6. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Netscape 7.x
1. Click on the Edit-menu in Netscape
2. Click on the Preferences... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Expand the Privacy & Security selection in the left part of the window.
4. Click on the Cookies selection.
5. Under Cookie Acceptance Policy - either check the Enable all cookies checkbox or Allow cookies based on policy settings.
6. If Allow cookies based on policy settings is selected, click on View and ensure that the level is at low or medium.
7. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Netscape 6.x
1. Click on the Edit-menu in Netscape.
2. Click on the Preferences... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Expand the Advanced selection in the left part of the window.
4. Click on the Cookies selection.
5. Check the Enable all cookies setting.
6. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Netscape 4.x
* First of all - please consider upgrading to a newer browser - Netscape 4 has significant shortcomings.
1. Click on the Edit-menu in Netscape.
2. Click on the Preferences... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Click on the Advanced selection in the left part of the window.
4. Click on the Cookies selection.
5. In the lower part of the screen, Accept all cookies should be checked.
6. Save changes by clicking Ok.

Safari
1. Click on the Safari-menu in Safari.
2. Click on the Preferences... item in the menu - a new window opens.
3. Click on the Security icon near the top of the window.
4. Under Accept Cookies the Always or Only from sites you navigate to must be selected.
5. Save changes by clicking Ok.
After enabling cookies in your browser, you should probably close your browser and then open it up again before trying your search again.
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Q. Sometimes I get logged out for no reason. What is going on?
A. The views of this site are controlled by internet sessions. We tried hard to get the site to be compatible with as many web browsers as possible. Sometimes, a web browser does something with the session that we could not be forseen, so you may get logged out. This shouldn't happen often, but if it does, take a deep breath, count to ten, and login again. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Q. My question is not answered here. What should I do?
A. You can email the site administrator Steve Davis at rpsdavis@unc.edu
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