Exploring land usage at Tannehill State Park: giving artifacts a context through watershed mapping

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dc.contributor Downs, Lauren E.
dc.contributor Haque, Akhlaque
dc.contributor.advisor Parcak, Sarah H.
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Ian W.
dc.contributor.author Dison, Braden A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:23:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:23:57Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001928
dc.identifier.other Dison_alatus_0004M_12470
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2351
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Archaeologists have identified dozens of sites across the landscape of Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, but few are thoroughly investigated, leaving a gap in current understanding of settlement patterns and land usage in prehistoric times. This project uses existing site information in conjunction with GIS processing to help expand knowledge of land use and site locations at the park. Digital elevation models are used to map watershed in the region with the goal of locating the original context of sites found in a secondary context. GIS hydrography tools make it possible to generate a detailed watershed map that shows exactly how water, as well as artifacts, move across the landscape. By mapping the distance, direction, and greatest accumulation of water flow, the potential original locations of artifacts should be detectable. This methodology shows great promise in early testing. This model can be adapted to be applicable in stream and river environments across the Southeast. Artifacts and collections found out of context in these environments can be traced back to possible origin sites. It holds the promise to greatly enhance our understanding of long term landscape usage, as well as human adaption within the landscape.
dc.format.extent 63 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.subject.other Geographic information science and geodesy
dc.title Exploring land usage at Tannehill State Park: giving artifacts a context through watershed mapping
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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