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Advancing the analysis of complex stratigraphy and house life histories at Keatley Creek on the Northwestern Canadian Plateau

Author(s): Julian Henao ; Suzanne Villeneuve

Year: 2017

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Digital methods have led to a new research paradigm in archaeology and have transformed the way in which archaeologists can engage with archaeological contexts or materials and ultimately understand the past. This paper discusses a few highlights resulting from implementing digital oriented methods and combined new conceptual approaches in the research at Keatley Creek on the Northwestern Canadian Plateau. Two primary objectives for digital methods have included improving resolution and understanding of complex stratigraphy, especially in large housepit rim deposits, and correlating various results to help advance stratigraphic interpretations. Primary focus has been on a combination of high resolution imaging and image processing, photogrammetry and GIS techniques for rectifying imagery and spatially analyzing various excavation data. The results emerging from Keatley Creek are helping to demonstrate how significantly different field interpretations can be for complex stratigraphy when a combination of digital approaches are applied in comparison to traditional methods. This has important implications for understanding the formation processes of houses, monitoring changes over time, interpretations of house life histories and extending this to reconstructing entire site or regional chronologies. These new developments are providing significant advantages in how we understand early cultural developments and hunter-gatherer adaptations on the Canadian Plateau.


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Advancing the analysis of complex stratigraphy and house life histories at Keatley Creek on the Northwestern Canadian Plateau. Julian Henao, Suzanne Villeneuve. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430705)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16836

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