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Ground-Penetrating Radar and Rapid Site Identification and Characterization: Examples from the Theodore Turley Home Site, Nauvoo, Illinois

Author(s): Ryan Saltzgiver ; Benjamin C. Pykles ; John H. McBride

Year: 2016

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Summary

Nauvoo, Illinois, is among the most important sites in the history of the Latter-day Saint movement in the United States. Since the 1960s, Nauvoo has been the site of significant historical and archaeological research and interpretation.  With an estimated 1 million visitors annually, the competing needs to preserve the archaeological assets and the continued desire to improve the visitor experience necessitates the most accurate knowledge of these buried resources possible. This presentation reports work—using a combination of pedestrian survey, ground-penetrating radar, and targeted test excavations—which rapidly identified, characterized, and evaluated buried resources at the Theodore Turley Home and Brewery Site, the first home built by Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo.  The method and workflow employed provided valuable time-savings, limited the destructive impacts, and greatly improve our understanding of the buried features.  Implementation of these methods in Nauvoo (and indeed similar sites) will lead to more appropriate management of buried resources.


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Ground-Penetrating Radar and Rapid Site Identification and Characterization: Examples from the Theodore Turley Home Site, Nauvoo, Illinois. Ryan Saltzgiver, Benjamin C. Pykles, John H. McBride. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434812)


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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): 951

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