Landscapes of Industry and Ancestry, Voyageurs National Park in 1927

Author(s): Andrew E. LaBounty

Year: 2015


In the summer of 1927, the International Joint Commission acquired a series of aerial photographs to survey the waters separating the U.S. and Canada. These photographs were purchased over several years by Voyageurs National Park, and stereo pairs were selected for 3D analysis and digitization to a GIS. In combination with known archeological site locations, more than 600 associated features have been recorded from 1927. These features range from ephemeral Ojibwe structures to sprawling lumber camps. Together, they more accurately portray isolated archeological sites as a system of interrelated occupations. Spaces between sites are also brought to life by evidence of trails, piers, portages, and other landscape features.  Artifact images and historical narratives are currently being added to the database, which will result in a comprehensive research and spatial analysis tool for the park’s many cultural landscapes.

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Landscapes of Industry and Ancestry, Voyageurs National Park in 1927. Andrew E. LaBounty. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434131)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 330