The Jordan Archaeological Database & Information System (JADIS)


The JADIS system is currently used by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities (JDOA) as well as archaeologists and historians working in Jordan to store and retrieve information about archaeological sites, from the Paleolithic period through the modern era.  The database was originally developed by Dr. Gaetano Palumbo in the early 1990s, at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR).

On this page you can read a summary of the JADIS Stand Alone Data Entry Program.  You can explore the help files or download a free copy of the Stand Alone program below.  

When you download the JADIS Stand Alone, it will arrive as a zip file.  Create a folder called "Jadis" on your computer and unzip the files into it.  The program requires Microsoft Access version 2000 or 2003. 

The JADIS Standalone Data Entry Program

The JADIS Data Entry Program is a stand alone MS Access program that is designed to create or link to JADIS formatted .mdb (MS Access database) files.  All codes and references in the JADIS system are included, so that records that are created or modified with this program conform to the JADIS format established by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (JDOA).  Since the JADIS Data Entry Program does not contain data beyond the codes needed to operate drop down lists, the program is compact. 

The new JADIS-Google Earth database that runs on the Gaia Lab's webpage provides a lot of features that the older, FoxPro system did not.  These new features include support for archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery projects, and built-in GIS features.  The JADIS Standalone Data Entry program lets you create Access databases in a format that corresponds to the main JADIS database, so that data can easily be imported into the JADIS-Google Earth database here at the GAIA Lab.

You can use the Standalone to add JADIS Site and Project records in your project area.  Sites are entered on the form shown here, and all the related information can be accessed from one of the buttons on the right side of the form.  The form lets you enter site coordinates in decimal degrees of Latitude and Longitude, so you don't have to worry about converting them to the Palestine Belt, or programming your GPS unit to do so. 

The Standalone supports full table query capability.  You can use the simple, Control-F find method, create simple queries that address one table in the system, or build composite queries.  Composite queries are defined as those that search for Sites that have the information you want stored in more than one table.  Composite queries are built on a special form, shown below, where you tell the program what information to look for, and which tables to use.  The Composite Query Form is accessed either from the Main Menu.  Once you've defined a query, you can save it and reuse it.

In the JADIS database, the Site table is where the main information about sites is stored. However, other tables in the database also contain information about sites. For example, the Citations table links information about sites to published references. Similarly, the Features table links sites to time periods and site (feature) types, and information about site conditions is stored in the Visits table, and linked to Sites through the JADIS Site Number. On the Composite Query Form you put a check mark beside the fields you want to include in the query, and than type in the information you are looking for (or choose it from a drop down list). The form lets you open queries in related tables and automatically link specifications from those tables into the Site table. So you could, for example, look for all the sites in Sector 4 (sectors refer to the sections of the map published in the 1994 JADIS book) that have remains from the Byzantine period.  This form shows the results; there are 315 sites that satisfy the query.

Dr. Stephen H. Savage
Geo-Archaeological Information Applications Lab
Institute for Humanities Research
Arizona State University
Box 876505
Tempe, AZ 85287-6505

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