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Predicting the past: Remote sensing data as a tool for locating archaeological settlements in the Amazon

Author(s): Per Stenborg

Year: 2016

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The potentials of using analysis of remote sensing data (particularly Lidar data) as a method of predicting the presence of archaeological sites in densely forested areas are discussed in this paper. The case study deals with an inland area — the Belterra Plateau — situated south of Santarém in the State of Pará, Brazil. Recent fieldwork has suggested that late pre-Columbian settlements generally are found in the surroundings particular geological features and in this region. Drawing on the results of this archaeological fieldwork a tentative interpretation of remote sensing data from an area further south; originally collected for environmental preservation purposes, is attempted.


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Predicting the past: Remote sensing data as a tool for locating archaeological settlements in the Amazon. Per Stenborg. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403257)


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South America


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America