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"Rises in the Rice Fields", Aerial LiDAR applications on South Carolina Inland Rice Plantations 

Author(s): Matthew H. Newberry

Year: 2013

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The use of remote sensing technology, such as aerial LiDAR (light detection and ranging), provides archaeologists with a significant tool to aid in research as well as digitally record sites. Inland and coastal rice plantation contexts are extremely well suited for the application of aerial LiDAR in locating potential new sites as well as providing accurate maps of the overall landscape and topography. LiDAR scans produce a more accurate map than traditional topographic maps which enables archaeologist to locate and study sites with limited surface relief. Cotton Hall was a rice plantation near Coosawhatchie South Carolina that possessed several of these sites that were only noticed by using aerial LiDAR as a topographic guide. Archaeological excavation including shovel testing and test units were used to ground truth these specific agricultural sites. This poster will present the preliminary results from the first season of fieldwork. 

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"Rises in the Rice Fields", Aerial LiDAR applications on South Carolina Inland Rice Plantations . Matthew H. Newberry. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428579)


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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): 630

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