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3D Virtual Landscape Analysis of 18th-century Settlement in the Swedes Tract, PA

Author(s): Brian Crane

Year: 2014

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Summary

Manatanien, or Manatawny, present-day Douglasville in Berks County, PA, was settled by second generation Swedes within a 10,000 acre tract along the Schuykill River granted by William Penn in 1701. During the first decades of the 18th century, Swedish, German, and English settlers cleared long narrow plots of land anchored on the river within the so-called Swedes Tract. Combining historical maps and records with a 3D digital model of the community created in Autodesk Maya allows for a detailed landscape perspective on life in early 18th-century Berks, CO, PA. 3D analysis of the spatial relationships among known period features can help frame questions for future archaeological investigations and can assist with site preservation efforts.


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3D Virtual Landscape Analysis of 18th-century Settlement in the Swedes Tract, PA. Brian Crane. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437059)


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PaperId(s): SYM-51,08

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