Maybe I'm not understanding the questions correctly and I apologize if that's the case. But, I think in order to paste features from one layer to another and have the attributes carry over you need to make sure the attribute fields in the layer you are pasting to are identical to the attribute fields in the layer you are copying from. So, if you have an attribute field in the copy layer named "road_name" and is a "text" data type, then you need to have an attribute field in the pasted layer with the same exact spelling (road_name) and data type (text). If the field name and data type do not match in both attribute fields in both layers then the attributes will not populate in the pasted layer and you will get <null> values. My suggestion is to make sure both layers have the same types of attribute fields= names and data types. Hope this helps!
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I am a GIS Specialist that works with Archaeologists. I have a degree in anthropology and masters in GIS, but started out wanting to be an archaeologist. I love archaeology because it tells us why we (as humans) do what we do. Why we have religion, why we eat certain foods, why we speak a certain way, why we live in certain types of communities, and have certain beliefs. Archaeology and anthropology can cover all aspects of human behavior, and when you mix that with the GIS concepts of spatial relationships you can further develop your own worldview by constructing mental maps of the past. With archaeology and GIS you can answer questions about how humans interact with their environment and why our ancestors did the things they did. One of the frustrating parts of archaeology is that we will never have a definite answer of why people in the ancient past did the things they did. All we have are interpretations based on our own worldviews and perceptions and analysis/comparisons with our culture and other cultures. Each interpretation is prefaced with "possibly" or "probably" or "most likely". There is no "definite" answers in prehistoric archaeology. You can look at ancient rock art and see stars and snakes and anthropomorphic features, but we will never know what those symbols actually represented to the artist. We can call it hunting magic or relate it to more modern stories passed down through ethnography but unless you have the artist in front of you telling you what it means to them, you will never know what that art actually represents. But that is the beauty of archaeology. Because it forces you to open your mind to possibilities, open your mind to other worldviews, and become more accepting of cultures that are different from your own. And overall, it can create the impression in your mind that we are all in the same boat here as humans. We are all related, all connected, we just do different things because of the different environments we live in. And that's why GIS is an awesome tool to use in the field of archaeology because it lets you analyze ancient environments on a level beyond what was possible before. Okay, done writing my book.
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