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Removing the Present to model the Past: DEM and Paths in the Sandhills of South Carolina

Author(s): Cameron Howell

Year: 2017

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Summary

Modern infrastructure and development have created problems for reconstructing prehistoric landscapes which adversely affects the accuracy of tools designed to determine trail networks. The attempts to reconstruct prehistoric networks and trail systems between Mississippian period mound sites along different river valleys in the Sandhills region of South Carolina is hampered by even low amounts of development of the landscape. This paper employs some common methods of removing modern disturbances and provides a way of judging the accuracy of the method by comparing paths on adjusted to prehistoric condition landscapes to existing modern infrastructure.


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Removing the Present to model the Past: DEM and Paths in the Sandhills of South Carolina. Cameron Howell. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430372)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 17587

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