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Usability of LiDAR data for archaeological survey in the Uaxactun area, North Peten, Guatemala.

Author(s): Tibor Lieskovsky ; Milan Kovac ; Tomas Drapela

Year: 2017

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The paper deals with validation and quality estimation of spatial data acquired in the focus area of the project "Proyecto arquelogico regional – Uaxactun" as a part of a LIDAR project supported by the PACUNAM.

The project has 2 high-quality 3D models of the pre-classical city of Uaxactun and the site of Dos Torres acquired by detailed topographical survey of the focus area at its disposal. The DEMs serve as basis for the evaluation of spatial accuracy of the LiDAR DSM and an etalon for calibration of filtration methods. To evaluate the ability of LiDAR data to identify archaeological structures, we will use data acquired by pedestrian survey realised in the course of the project in seasons 2009 – 2016 and also data from previous surveys (Acevedo 2012, Puleston 1983). The result will be a definition of the abilities and limitations of current LIDAR data in the focus area.

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Usability of LiDAR data for archaeological survey in the Uaxactun area, North Peten, Guatemala.. Tibor Lieskovsky, Milan Kovac, Tomas Drapela. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431295)


DEM LiDAR Uaxactun

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17552

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