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Exploring North Carolina’s Archaeological Heritage Through Remote Sensing and Geophysics


Discover how remote sensing — a new frontier in archaeological research — is being used to locate and map North Carolina’s buried history. A variety of experts will present Exploring North Carolina’s Archaeological Heritage Through Remote Sensing and Geophysics on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free for this program offered by the N.C. Office of State Archaeology and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Professors from East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University will join other experts to present sessions on how archaeological sites in North Carolina are using remote sensing — including ground penetrating radar, magnetometers and metal detectors. These methods and techniques locate and map subsurface natural and cultural features. 

Nine 25-minute sessions will be presented.  

  • 9:10 a.m. — The Role of GPR in Archaeology: A Beginning, Not an End, presented by Charles R. Ewen, Department of Anthropology, East Carolina University. 
  • 9:35 a.m. — 3-D Remote Sensing and Modeling of the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, presented by Stacey Curry and Doug Gallaway, Department of Geography, UNC-Greensboro; and Damon Jones, N.C. Department of Transportation.
  • 10:05 a.m. — Geophysical Investigations of Prehistoric and Historic Sites in North Carolina, presented by Jacob Turner and Ari Lukas, Department of Geography, UNC-Greensboro.
  • 10:30 a.m. — Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Archaeological Geophysics and Ground-Truthing in Western North Carolina, presented by Alice P. Wright, Department of Anthropology, Appalachian State University; and Tim Horsley, Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC, Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University. 
  • 10:55 a.m. — Integrating Archaeological Geophysics Into Cultural Resource Management: Potentials, Pitfalls and Best Practices, presented by Tim Horsley, Horsley Archaeological Prospection, LLC; and Department of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University. 
  • Noon — Geophysical Applications in North Carolina Cemeteries, presented by Sarah Lowry, New South Associates Inc., Greensboro. 
  • 12:25 p.m. — Metal Detecting: The Down-to-Earth Tool of Remote Sensing, presented by Linda Stine, Department of Anthropology, UNC-Greensboro. 
  • 1:00 p.m. — Geophysical Survey of Large Mississippian Villages, presented by Shawn Patch, New South Associates Inc., Greensboro.  
  • 1:30 p.m. — Discussion with Roy Stine, Department of Geography, UNC-Greensboro.

For program details, contact John J. Mintz at 919-807-6555 or For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.