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Topics in Archeology Webinar Series

Our webinar lecture series is devoted to dissemination of information about current research in archeology both inside and outside of national parks. The 2013-2014 webinar lecture series is devoted to developments in archeological site locational technologies. Methodologies examined include LiDAR, metal detecting, ground penetrating radar, satellite imagery, and underwater locational technologies.

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Heritage Preservation and Terrestrial Laser Scanning

Lori Collins and Travis Doering, University of South Florida
The ability to rapidly and accurately document the world and share that data is revolutionizing archeology and museum sciences. Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and combined spatial, imaging, and visualization tools enhance archeological and heritage research and workflows. These projects also bring national parks to the classroom and change the way we teach, learn, and interact with our past. Play video >>

Modeling of Archeological Phenomena with Satellites

Alan P. Sullivan, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati
Improvements in the spatial and spectral resolution of satellite imagery has allowed archeologists to explore how various types of archeological phenomena—from trails to palaces—register on different scales. Sullivan discusses the possibilities and challenges of direct predictive modeling of small-scale, abundant archeological phenomena at the regional level of analysis. Play video >>

GIS and Historical Imagery at Voyageurs National Park

Andrew LaBounty, Integrated Resources Technician, Voyageurs NP
Researchers combined historical aerial imagery with early shoreline surveys and modern archeological information, digitizing thousands of cultural features into a geodatabase. Archeologists can use GIS to query and visualize cultural activities over time, revealing spatial patterns and directing future research. Play video >>

Geophysical Prospecting in Archaeology

Ken Kvamme, Director, Archeo-Imaging Lab, University of Arkansas
Geophysical prospecting in archeology has become faster, less expensive, and easier to use. Hectares may be surveyed in as little as a day, leading to the growth of a true "landscape archeology." The four principal geophysical prospecting methods indicate different, often complementary, physical properties, offering an increasingly comprehensive view of buried archeological deposits. Play video >>

Metal Detecting: Recent Advances in Methods and Equipment

Douglas Scott, NPS Archeologist (retired)
This webinar provides archeologists an overview of the physical principles that govern metal detectors, describing capabilities and limitations. Scott demonstrates detectors' use in inventory, testing, and excavation, with a focus on recent developments in metal detector technology and archeological field applications of VLF and terrestrial Pulse Induction machines. Play video >>

Technological Innovations in Geospatial Methods

Fred Limp, Leica Chair in Geospatial Imaging, University of Arkansas
A revolution is underway in remote sensing, geographic information systems, global satellite navigation systems, airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, geophysics, photogrammetry, and the computational systems that make these possible. This webinar provides a historical overview of these technologies, and the institutional and training requirements for archeology and heritage management. Play Part 1 >> or Part 2 >>

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  • Photo of researchers using Terrestrial Laser Scanning.
  • Photo of IKONOS satellite.
  • Photo of images under a stereoscope.
  • Photo of field researcher doing electrical resistivity survey.
  • Photo of field researchers using metal detectors.
  • Photo of field researcher doing laser scanning.