Archaeological Impact Through GIS Analysis

  • Grossardt, Theodore (PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


OBJECTIVES: This project has two objectives. The fIrst is to develop a useful methodology (considering several alternatives), based on available data in Kentucky, for identifying the probability of archeological resources in any given location. The second is then to apply (pilot) this methodology to the state of Kentucky to develop GIS resource coverages that can be used in any future corridor planning studies. BACKGROUND: Excavations of significant archaeological resources are costly and can lead to project delays. Currently, the identification of significant sites comes late in the project process, after route selection. Because archeological resources cannot be positively identified without excavation, they are invisible in the early stages of corridor planning. Recent research has begun to suggest that observable properties of soil type, slope, land cover may be helpful in improving the planner's ability to anticipate highprobability locations for archeological resources, without excavation. This information can then be incorporated into other information used in corridor identification to reduce the risk of encountering significant archeological resources along a chosen route. FY 2007 PROPOSED WORK: It is anticipated that alternative methodologies will be considered and one chosen for development/testing by the end ofthe first year (FY2007). PROGRAMMED COST FY 2007: TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $75,000 $100,000
Effective start/end date7/1/066/30/07


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