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Searching for Shell Mounds in Southwest Florida:An Automated Approach

Author(s): Michele Loger

Year: 2016

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This paper will explore using automated Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) to search for archaeological shell mound sites in thick mangrove forest. This is accomplished by combining available data from multiple remote sensing sources, integrating them using several software programs, and training the computer to search for a particular set of parameters - including height (LIDAR) and spectral qualities (Color Near-infrared). The newest software programs will be reviewed, as well as the source and quality of remote sensing data. The challenges, achievements, and pitfalls of the methods employed will be discussed. In addition, the effectivity of the automated process will be compared to manual identification of possible site locations based on ground-truthed data.

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Searching for Shell Mounds in Southwest Florida:An Automated Approach. Michele Loger. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404466)


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North America - Southeast

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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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