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Dataset Use Guide

In this project, the information of the sites and bronze nao are plotted on the map.  The content of the tables includes the following:

The map in the project page shows all the available information in the database.


Formats of Files for Use

The database is available for downloading in the following formats:

Please go to the relevant dataset web page for downloading.

How to use

PDF File:

The data table in pdf which contains all the information provides the data for users in studying the sites and nao.  It can be used as an overall view of the data collected.



The shapefile can be directly imported to GIS software for further analysis by researchers and users.  Users can refer to the user guide of various GIS software on importing shapefile for display and to perform analysis.

Sample steps:

  1. Start the GIS software (e.g. ArcMap)
  2. Search and import basemap*
  3. Use Add Data to import the shapefile
  4. Examine the data and perform analysis if needed (you may refer to the Map of Archaeological Sites to review the matching of sites on your selected basemap.)

Note: the shapefiles were created by ArcMap 10.3.1.
* Since the Chinese Government has their own coordinate system (GCJ-02), users should note that if you choose a map for basemap, you should use the shapefile with GCJ-02; if you choose the satellite image as basemap, then use the shapefile with WGS-84.



For kml format of the database, simply open your Google Map / Google Earth and import the corresponding kmz file.  Then all the points will be displayed on the map and when you click on the points, information of the sites will be pop-up.

Using Google Map:

  1. Go to and choose Your places from the menu (You need to login to your Google account)
  2. From Maps tab, click CREATE MAP at the bottom
  3. Find the "import" function and choose the kmz file
  4. The sites will be displayed on your Google Map.  Click on the points and the related information will be displayed. (you may refer to the Map of Archaeological Sites to review the matching of sites on Google Map.)
  5. You may do simple analysis with the map details. 

Note: Google Maps and Google Earth has adopted different coordinate systems: Google Maps uses the Chinese Government (GCJ-02) system for map of China, while for Google Earth they are using WGS-84, the coordinate system commonly used in the world.