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Tuesday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
User Session. Applications and Limitations of LiDAR for Cultural Resource Managers in the Northeast

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AUTHORS: Jane Miller*, Public Archaeology Laboratory; Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr., Public Archaeology Laboratory

ABSTRACT: Staff at Rhode Island’s Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) have been using LiDAR for several years to find, identify, and interpret cultural resources throughout the Northeast. PAL’s mission - helping clients comply with historic preservation law by considering how project construction may impact historic or archaeological properties - requires its cultural resource management staff to identify previously unknown or lost historic resources. LiDAR’s unique ability to penetrate forest cover lends itself well to the Northeast landscape and its distribution in a variety of user-friendly digital formats enables non-technical staff access to a landscape they can “survey” remotely from their office workstation. This presentation discusses some of the limitations of LiDAR for cultural resource management applications and highlights a few projects throughout the Northeast where LiDAR was particularly useful for research, desktop analysis, field survey, and interpretation.

Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
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