Finding the Russian Village at Fort Ross: GPR and Magnetometer Survey

Author(s): Glenn J. Farris

Year: 2015


At the Russian American Company settlement of Fort Ross on the California Coast was a village housing a vibrant community of Russians, Native Californians, Native Alaskans, and Creoles. Using a drawing of the village made in 1841, along with various visitors’ accounts and inventories of the settlement, we are able to reconstruct a partial image of this community. However, in order to locate the old village on the ground, a composite research group of students and professors from UC Berkeley, along with several independent researchers  has set out to find evidence for its actual placement. This is being done utilizing ground-penetrating radar, combined with magnetometer studies to provide data to guide further archaeological testing.This paper will report on the history and the results of this Phase I survey.

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Finding the Russian Village at Fort Ross: GPR and Magnetometer Survey. Glenn J. Farris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433868)

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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): 571