Following in the Footsteps of the National Geographic Society's Original Katmai Expeditions

Author(s): Laura Stelson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This poster, combined with a virtual reality headset, will present the methods and results of the multi-disciplinary research project "Following in the footsteps of the National Geographic Society’s original Katmai expeditions" carried out in partnership with the National Geographic Society (NGS), and Katmai National park. The project sought to re-trace the routes of the century-old NGS expeditions which made the area famous and led to the establishment of the National Park at this site. Historic photos and pedestrian survey were used to pinpoint the locations of the associated historic camps; in parallel, a botanical inventory of the route was conducted to continue the expedition's primary research of documenting the post-volcanic succession of vegetation regrowth. In order to generate an interactive product and provide broader audiences with details about the experiences of the original explorers, historic archival materials were combined with 360° photos and video footage of the sites. I will discuss the process of collecting and combining additional interpretative materials for public outreach both prior to and throughout the project. Conference participants will be invited to view, interact with, and provide feedback on the resulting virtual tour.

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Following in the Footsteps of the National Geographic Society's Original Katmai Expeditions. Laura Stelson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449969)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -169.453; min lat: 50.513 ; max long: -49.043; max lat: 72.712 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25897