Archaeological Sites Inventory

The Alberta Archaeological Site Inventory contains information about archaeological resources in Alberta. An archaeological resource is a work of humans that is of value for its prehistoric, historic, cultural or scientific significance. A site can be buried or partially buried in land or submerged beneath the surface of any watercourse or permanent body of water. Sites also vary in size and complexity, from the location of a single stone tool to an area occupied by many over thousands of years.

Source for definition: Historical Resources Act.

Prehistoric archaeological sites include:

  • Campsites
  • Stone features such as tipi rings, cairns or medicine wheels
  • Workshops where stone tools were manufactured
  • Kill sites, such as jumps and pounds
  • Rock art sites such as pictographs and petroglyphs

Historic archaeological sites include:

  • Trading posts
  • Police posts
  • Early settlements
  • Homesteads
  • Industrial sites

Records contain information on:

  • Site location
  • Description
  • Age
  • Cultural affiliation
  • Material collections
  • Project information
  • Investigation status
  • References to manuscripts and reports

The Alberta Archaeological Sites Inventory contains over 40,000 site records, with approximately 500 added each year. New site records can result from investigations conducted in areas proposed for development, as required through the Historic Resources Impact Assessment process, or from academic research projects.

Contact the Archaeological Survey department for more information.


Last reviewed/revised: December 15, 2017
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