Principal Investigator: LuAnn Wandsnider
Organization: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Abstract: Archaeologists have been using aerial photography and satellite imagery to locate and document large, high-contrast archaeological features since inception. But, what about smaller, low-contrast features utilized by past humans such as root patches and terrace cobble deposits? Can available, modestly-priced, higher-resolution multi-spectral satellite imagery and off-the-shelf software be used locate and grossly characterize such low-contrast features? If so, arid land archaeologists routinely working with such materials can achieve new efficiencies in their management of the archaeological record here. The proposed project evaluates this proposition.