Katharine Johnson, a Ph.D. archeology student, presented her research that uses a remote sensing technology called Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) to understand the history of New England’s landscape. Sakonnet Preservation Association (SPA), in collaboration with the Tiverton Land Trust, hosted the event at the Little Compton Community Center.
This laser scanning device is attached to an aircraft, and has the ability to map the ground surface below the forest canopy. Work in Tiverton’s Weetamoo Woods, Westport, MA and eastern Connecticut have led to discoveries of archaeological landscape features such as stone walls, building foundations, roads, and other features now in areas that are completely forested, but which at one point would have been cleared agricultural land. The technology makes it possible to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the development and history of the landscape that might not otherwise have been possible.
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