Time Pieces: The Use of Historic Maps in Transportation Archaeology

Author(s): John R. Underwood; Lizbeth J. Velasquez

Year: 2018


Landscapes can possess historical values coming from the full range of human history. Because the recognition and definition of archaeological resources is broad and not always well understood, identification and evaluation of such resources at the Phase I level must be made carefully, especially under the contexts of Section 106 compliance. The use of a variety of historic cartographic sources has proven extremely valuable in identifying, defining, and assessing these cultural resources. While true that in a general sense historic maps afford us snapshots of specific time periods, these same sources provide for a sequential view into the use and evolution of the historic landscape from a "Bird's Eye" perspective. Such a wider perspective is critically necessary in transportation archaeology given the restricted, linear nature of the project footprints. Sources utilized are readily available online resources as well as internally-maintained digital archives.

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Time Pieces: The Use of Historic Maps in Transportation Archaeology. John R. Underwood, Lizbeth J. Velasquez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441737)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 936