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The management of culturally-significant historical landscapes is facilitated when a thorough investigation and categorization of the natural and cultural features present has been completed. Historic landscapes without sufficient archival data present a challenge to traditional methods of historic reconstruction and new methods of research are needed to provide new insights. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and remote sensing (RS) were used as analytical tools for locating, identifying and analyzing significant cultural resources within Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MBRNHP). These technologies were used in combination to create a GIS database of historical aerial photographs, maps, surveys, and recent satellite data. Once in digital form, the multitemporal aerial and satellite images were analyzed, using both manual photo-interpretation and digital remote sensing techniques, to search for and document changes in the landscape over time. These methods were evaluated for their utility in reconstructing and understanding the history of both natural and cultural landscapes. GIS, GPS and remote sensing technologies provided a means to identify and verify the historic landscape features of MBRNHP such as carriage roads, stonewalls, buildings, forest plantations and surface water features visible on historic maps, aerial photographs and satellite images. This research was made possible through Grant MT-2210-9-NC-03 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

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