Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Story Maps

Join Us at Work: NPS Archeologists

Every year, crews from the Southeast Arceological Center (SEAC) travel well over 65,000 miles to conduct field projects in national parks throughout the Southeast Region. Every project is different, just the parks are unique. A park’s archeological resources, history, terrain, soil, wildlife, weather, and the visitors and park staff that we meet all shape the field experiences. This web map application shares some of the scenes and events we've experienced.

Note: Accuracy is normally a principal concern of both GIS and archeology, but protecting sites from looting is critical. For that reason, some of the locations shown in this map have been modified in order to protect the sites.

Vanishing History: Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore

The Shackleford Banks of Cape Lookout National Seashore, like all of the barrier islands along North Carolina, are continuously eroded and reworked in response to ongoing and dynamic processes of storms, climate change, and rising sea level. After Hurricane Irene struck Cape Lookout in 2011, causing extensive shoreline erosion, archeologists from the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) of the National Park Service began a multi-year project to recover as much information as possible about sites that were damaged or threatened by erosion and inundation.

This Story Map tells the story of the project, from the archeological excavations and artifact analysis to the geomorphologists' assessment of sea level changes to predictions about the future of the non-renewable archeological sites that tell us about thousands of year of human habitation of Shackleford Banks.

Fort Frederica National Monument: Colonial Frederica Town

This Story Map shares information that archeologists and historians have discovered about the Frederica settlement (now in Glynn County, Georgia) which was established in 1736. It incorporates maps of the archeological excavations, the ruins of the building foundations, and the town lots with links to descriptions of the lot owners.

Last updated: March 11, 2020