Mapping the Mines, Part 1: Terrestrial LiDAR

Author(s): Robert W. McQueen; Shaun Richey

Year: 2018


Digital mapping is the trending technology for just about any archaeological fieldwork project. While many universities (and their impassioned students) have access to this new technology and can play with it ad nauseam, its introduction to CRM projects is not as forthcoming as some would like (including CRM practitioners and nascent drone companies). Like all emerging technologies, questions abound about which technology to use, effective application for the task at hand, and most importantly, return on investment. This paper examines the use of ground-based LiDAR for mapping several extant mine ruins in the Nevada desert. It shares examples of both success and failure and hopefully will provide insight to anyone considering using this medium on future projects.

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Mapping the Mines, Part 1: Terrestrial LiDAR. Robert W. McQueen, Shaun Richey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441561)

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LiDAR Mining Survey

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 117