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Mapping topic of archeological talk Nov. 7

Arkansas Archeological Society members create a map of an archeological excavation.

Mary Beth Trubitt and Jason Wilhelmi (Arkansas Archeological Survey) will present “Techniques and Technologies for Archeological Mapping” at the October meeting of the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society. This talk will be held on Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (200 Whittington, Hot Springs). The event is free and open to the public.

How do archeologists create maps of archeological sites? How do they record locations of architecture and artifacts within sites? This presentation will involve demonstrations and hands-on practice in laying out an archeological unit, making a measured map using tape measure and line level, and setting up an electronic total station. In addition, Trubitt and Wilhelmi will talk about some of the newer mapping technologies, such as global positioning system (GPS) and lidar, used to create digital elevation models of surface features.  

Mary Beth Trubitt is the station archeologist and Jason Wilhelmi is the station assistant at the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s research station at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

Mary Beth Trubitt using Trimble R2 GPS and iPad for mapping an archeological site.

The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s research station at Henderson State University (1042 Haddock St., Arkadelphia) holds regular Archeology Lab Days on Thursdays. Students and members of the public are invited to come by the research station on Thursdays between 9 am and 4:30 pm to learn more about archeology in Arkansas. For more information, contact Mary Beth Trubitt (870-230-5510).

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