Date of Award

12-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Benjamin Ford

Second Advisor

William Chadwick

Third Advisor

Bernard Means

Abstract

Archaeologists and preservationists in the Tidewater region of Virginia are faced with numerous challenges that threaten local historic resources, including expanding urban development and the increasingly negative effects of climate change. While physical preservation of threatened resources is often difficult, photogrammetry – the process of creating three-dimensional (3D) models from two-dimensional (2D) images – presents the opportunity to preserve them digitally in perpetuity. By documenting sites in 3D, archaeologists are preserving an interactive record of important structural data, historic information, and cultural memory that can benefit researchers and the public for years to come. This thesis explores the applications of photogrammetry for archaeological site documentation, preservation, and public outreach in Tidewater Virginia and proposes how the technology can benefit archaeologists in similar regions.

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