Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA)

What is DINAA?

The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) aggregates archaeological and historical data sets developed over the past century from numerous sources, especially state and federal government agencies. DINAA provides public and research communities with a uniquely comprehensive window into human settlement across North America. DINAA is a collaborative project involving researchers at the University of Tennessee, Indiana State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Open Context, and partners in many government agencies and tribal nations across the United States. The project began in 2012 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has continued with renewed support from the NSF and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2016. View the initial technical proposal.

Current DINAA Coverage: Click Here to Explore

Open Context hosts DINAA data with this project overview and links to associated data. As DINAA grows, the project overview will link to expanded data resources.

How Can I Use DINAA?

DINAA focuses on publishing archaeological “site file” records. Each site file describes an archaeological site recorded by state and federal government agencies that enforce federal historical protection laws. Many government offices directly provided DINAA with data. These data are redacted of sensitive information particularly precise location information so that they can be made public. So, while these data cannot be used for compliance purposes, they still can be used for:

  • Instruction and education about North America’s archaeology and history
  • Research into broad patterns of human settlement over long time periods
  • Linking reports, publications and even museum collections together in space and time

Where Can I Learn More?

This page you are currently reading provides ongoing information about the progress of the project. Click on the links below for more information about the project’s progress. We also broadcast updates to the community via the NASA (National Association of State Archaeologists) listserv. You can also visit our booth in the exhibit hall at the Society for American Archaeology meeting and the annual National Tribal Preservation conference.

I’d Like to Give Feedback and/or Get Involved!

We welcome your questions, comments, and participation in this project, so please comment below or contact us directly by emailing the project PIs: David Anderson (dander19 AT, Josh Wells (jowells AT, and/or Eric Kansa (ekansa AT


DINAA Information Sheets:

We have created a series of one-page handouts on Google docs for people interested in DINAA to download, reuse, and share.


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