A second objective was to create a user-friendly graphic interface and operation manual, and make the model available to the historic preservation community in a format that can be run in ArcGIS, a widely-used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software package. The LiDAR Surveyor model will be made available for free in ArcGIS 10 toolbox (tbx) format, along with a User’s Guide. Because of the need to protect mound locations, the model will released only to professional archaeologists and agency officials with research and management needs. This information will be available through the OSA website, and OSA will vet the credentials of requestors.
This project was funded by a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), with matching funds provided by the University of Iowa, the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science 7 (EROS) Center, the Iowa Geological and Water Survey (IGWS), and the Minnesota Historical Society’s Office of the State Archaeologist (Mn-OSA).