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JamesHistory
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hello everyone! A few weeks ago I started a little archaeology project and needed to find a way to map out where significant points are at the site I will be excavating. This led me to survey grade gps devices. I am new to surveying equipment and have a few questions about it. Any help would be nice!

thank you! 😀 

James

 
Posted : October 10, 2022 3:43 pm
Bill93
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Must be a big site? I have seen archaeologists using total stations to map 3-D locations of artifacts, and each end of some things. Relative position accuracy is perhaps a few millimeters, which is better than GNSS.

By coding types they are then able to easily generate maps for each type in each layer to evaluate usage of areas of the site. These projects were looking at Native American occupations in the US Midwest. The maps showed areas for cooking, hide scraping, lithic work, etc.

In one dig, reinvestigating a site first opened in 1960's, they used the tilt of artifacts (e.g., lithic point) to distinguish those missed in the old work and re-filled versus undisturbed deeper layers.

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 12:57 am
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Bill93
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I might add that the re-investigated site was a rock shelter with inside and outside work and some trees. Much of the site had less than 40% sky visibility and of course parts with 0 sky, so I'd trust GNSS only to place the site on a region map and not for relative positioning oartifacts.f

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 1:32 am

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Jitterboogie
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welcome to the family Geospatial!

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 3:43 am
Brad Ott
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Welcome, friend.  I think archaeology projects are cool.

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 6:44 am
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Welcome! 😎 

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 6:48 am

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Kevin Hines
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Welcome to the forum.

 
Posted : October 11, 2022 7:37 am
JamesHistory
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@bill93 interesting

 
Posted : October 13, 2022 7:52 am