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BORDEN NUMBER - Humanities

Field label
Field mnemonic
Field name
  • Borden Number
  • Numéro ou code Borden complet du site
Field definition
This field contains the Borden Number code to provide a unique identifier for the location of the object.
NOTE: This field has NOT been updated as part of the May 2010 Data Dictionary update. Priority for the Data Dictionary update was given to those fields that are required or strongly recommended for Artefacts Canada contribution. The Entry Rules for this field will be updated at a later date.
Entry rules
Enter the Borden Number code in full in the format, first alpha character upper case, second alpha character lower case, third upper case, fourth lower case, followed by a hyphen and the number of the site within the rectangle. If the Borden block is known but a sequential number has not been assigned, enter a zero.
Cataloguers rules
The Borden System was developed by Mr. Charles E. Borden in 1952. It is a grid system based on geographic co-ordinates and topographic map sheets. Each map in the series is identified by two upper case alpha characters, forming a grid sequence, which runs from south to north and from east to west. Each upper case alpha is followed by a lower case alpha, which designates a subdivision based on latitude and longitude. Sites within each lower case block are assigned sequential numbers by the Federal Archaeology Office or the Provincial Heritage Branch.
Data type
alpha-numeric string
  • GbTo-23
  • HdRo-3
  • AaBb-18a
  • GbTo-23
  • HbRc-1
  • DjTu-12 A-C
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology (Specimens) Task Force
Field label (French)
Field mnemonic (French)

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