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Relating archaeological layers for a final matrix

Question asked by thomasfinan on Oct 9, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 9, 2012 by philmodjunk


Relating archaeological layers for a final matrix


     First time poster here.  I have not been a FM user for a few years, and hence have not kept up on the latest features.  Im hoping this question might be answere with a newer feature that I havent found.

     Ive used FM for holding archaeological excavation data.  It works quite well for this, since it can hold plans, images, samples, etc within the database itself in addition to the other text data and check boxes.  No problem setting up the database in that manner.

     The final thing that would make this absolutely perfect would be if there was a way to use the layer designations in a relational way in an output chart.  So, for instance, you might have the following:

     Layer 1...has five pieces of pottery, and lots of carbon

     Layer 2...has a stone wall and some brick work

     Layer 3...has three skeletons and seven pieces of pottery

     Layer 4...has a stone floor

     Within each Layer page I would include data that designates its relationship to the other layers, sort of like this:

     Layer 1:  above Layer 2 and 3

     Layer 2:  below Layer 1, next to Layer 3, above 4

     Layer 3:  below Layer 1, Next to Layer 3

     Layer 4:  Below Layer 2

     Archaeologists then take this data and create what is called a Harris Matrix, which is essentially like a family tree.  There are applications that make the final Matrix, but all I really would like FM to do is to create a single list of the relations.  I have a feeling there is a way to do this fairly easily, but it escapes me.  Any thoughts appreciated.