"Show Me the Maps!" An Application of Story Maps to Archaeological Interpretation

Author(s): Joseph A. Downer

Year: 2017


This paper discusses how ESRI Story Maps can aid in the interpretation of archaeological sites to both the public and professionals alike. Story Map technology offers us a way in which to share archaeological data and narratives to a global audience by incorporating text, high-resolution photographs, videos, and interactive maps into a user-friendly, web-based application. As a component of ArcGIS, Story Maps enable users to employ a vast amount of geospatial tools, conduct detailed analysis, and package data in a manageable and accessible way. This presentation will highlight the ease with which Story Maps can be used for archaeological interpretation by briefly showcasing two applications being employed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. These Story Maps provide context and content to audiences who wish to know more about the role of archaeology at Washington’s estate, and how archaeological research adds to our understanding of 18th century plantation life.

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"Show Me the Maps!" An Application of Story Maps to Archaeological Interpretation. Joseph A. Downer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435535)

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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): 686