Recent Advancements in Remote Sensing Studies in Chaco Canyon

Author(s): Jennie Sturm

Year: 2017


Remote sensing has been an integral part of Chacoan archaeology for several decades, helping to identify and map the broader landscape in and around the canyon. Early remote sensing studies, while pioneering, were often experimental and limited by the available technology. As the technical aspects of remote sensing continue to improve with advancements in computer power and data processing, it is now possible to move beyond experimental studies and broad characterizations of the Chacoan landscape to high-resolution, spatially accurate representations of localized areas. Furthermore, the products that can be generated from these new remote sensing investigations are often robust enough to use directly in the interpretation of a specific area’s cultural history. In this presentation, results from recent remote sensing investigations (including ground-penetrating radar and aerial photography mapping) from several areas within the canyon are discussed. The analytic methods used to collect and process the data are highlighted, as well as some of the archaeological interpretations that are possible using these data.

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Recent Advancements in Remote Sensing Studies in Chaco Canyon. Jennie Sturm. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429419)

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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14692