Case Study: Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Assess the Accuracy of Historical Maps at a Rice Plantation on the Santee River Delta in South Carolina
Author(s): Kendy Altizer
This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has revolutionized the way archaeologists explore historical landscapes. Its utility lies in its non-invasiveness and is a way to efficiently target specific areas for archaeological inquiry without destructive and time consuming ground disturbing activities, such as systematic shovel probe survey, prior to large scale excavation. When used in tandem with traditional archaeological methods, GPR can enhance the data set by providing a more holistic view of subterranean anomalies. This technology was recently used at a colonial-era rice plantation on the Santee River Delta to ground truth historical maps, which depict two structures that could potentially be the location of a planters’ residence. This poster details the results of the GPR survey and subsequent archaeological excavation of one of these structures.
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Case Study: Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Assess the Accuracy of Historical Maps at a Rice Plantation on the Santee River Delta in South Carolina. Kendy Altizer. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457444)
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