Base de données I2AF. Inventaires archéozoologiques et archéobotaniques de France : Les étapes d'une création et l'inventaire aujourd'hui

Abstract : The increase and dispersal of data produced by research and preventive archaeology shows how important it is to collect and inventory their findings. A project was developed in the 1990s by France’s national centre for scientific research (CNRS) to set up a paper-based inventory of non-flying mammals in France from the Late Glacial to the current day; but it became apparent very quickly that the method used was too limited. An initial digital database called the Inventory of archaeozoology in France (IAF), which took up where the previous project left off, was the fruit of a real inter-institutional partnership and scientific collaboration at national and international levels. A convention was signed wherein France’s Natural history museum agreed to host the database and the Ministry of culture to distribute its contents through the website of the National inventory of natural heritage (INPN). The database was officially recognized as a heritage collection in May 2007 by France’s Natural history museum. It became the I2AF the following year when it integrated archaeobotanical material and this now allows scientists to cross-reference the information with the original archaeozoological data. Each item comprises four files which provide information on the site, the context, the bibliographical references and the archaeozoological and archaeobotanical studies. Excavation reports deposited by the Department of architecture and heritage (DAPA), university works and journals, research reports and specialist publications have since come to enrich this inventory which is still in its infancy.
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Cécile Callou, Isabelle Baly, Chloé Martin, Elsa Landais. Base de données I2AF. Inventaires archéozoologiques et archéobotaniques de France : Les étapes d'une création et l'inventaire aujourd'hui. Archéopages : archéologie & société , INRAP édition, 2009, pp.64-73. ⟨mnhn-02103324⟩

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