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If a Picture is Worth a 1,000 words, How Much are GIS Coordinates Worth? The Use of Visual History, Oral History, and GIS Data to Define the McAdoo Plantation Home

Author(s): Heather A Fischer

Year: 2013

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Summary

In the mid- 19th century, General John David McAdoo operated a plantation in Washington County Texas. Dismantled in the 1960s, all that remains of the house are the stone pier foundations. During the summer of 2012, Texas Tech University excavated and mapped the stone piers using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The primary goal of these investigations was to document the layout and extent of the structure’s remains.  Information about the house comes from both an oral interview and visual images including a painting and a photograph taken sometime before the home was dismantled. The oral interview, conducted in 1993 with a gentleman who was born in the house, provided details about the layout and design of the structure. Through the combination of GIS, visual sources, and oral histories, this study demonstrates how modern and traditional data are combined to better define the archaeological record.


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If a Picture is Worth a 1,000 words, How Much are GIS Coordinates Worth? The Use of Visual History, Oral History, and GIS Data to Define the McAdoo Plantation Home. Heather A Fischer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428200)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 349

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