The Rhode Island Archaeological and Historical Geographic Information System (GIS) Development Project

Summary

In 2017 the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission teamed up with the University of Rhode Island’s Applied History Laboratory to create a Geographic Information System (GIS) incorporating the state’s complex assortment of archaeological and historical sites. With support from the National Park Service, their objective is to collect and share the stories of Rhode Island through an effective and sustainable geospatial database of known archaeological sites and properties in the Rhode Island and National Registers of Historic Places.

The system allows archaeologists and local planners to better inventory sites and properties, ensure compliance with existing mandates, assess potential adverse impacts, and advocate for protections whenever necessary. Numerous layers of diverse supporting information are also being added to the system. These include jurisdictional and environmental data, orthographic and infrared imagery, soils and wetlands data, bathymetric information, and a wide array of historical maps, nautical charts, and analytical digital imagery.

Cite this Record

The Rhode Island Archaeological and Historical Geographic Information System (GIS) Development Project. Christopher P. McCabe, Timothy H. Ives, Rod Mather. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441712)

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