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3D Virtual Landscape Analysis at Fort Ethan Allen, VA

Author(s): Brian Crane ; Wally Owen

Year: 2014

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As part of archaeological investigations carried out at Fort Ethan Allen, VA for the Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Neighborhood Services, Versar prepared a 3D digital model of the fort and its environs as it may have appeared during the Civil War. Fort Ethan Allen was among the forts erected by the Union in 1861 to defend Washington, DC. Only small portions of the earthworks are still visible, and the surrounding area has been entirely transformed by suburban development. Among the key landscape features associated with the fort was its signal station, built in a tall chestnut tree. Combining analysis of historical maps, engineering plans, and photographs, with a 3D digital model of the fort and landscape created in Autodesk Maya may allow for reconstruction of where the signal station and other fort features were once located.

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3D Virtual Landscape Analysis at Fort Ethan Allen, VA. Brian Crane, Wally Owen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437058)

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PaperId(s): SYM-51,07

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