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Beyond Never-Never Land: Integrating LiDAR and Geophysical Surveys at the Johnston Site, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Tennessee, USA

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Department of Anthropology and Geography, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1787, USA
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Center for Research in Archaeogeophysics and Geoarchaeology (CRAG), Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1787, USA
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Department of Anthropology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608-2016, USA
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Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37383, USA
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Department of Social Sciences, Troy University, Troy, AL 36082, USA
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Department of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899, USA
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(15), 2364; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12152364
Received: 18 June 2020 / Revised: 20 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 23 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing in Applied Geophysics)
Archaeologists often use near-surface geophysics or LiDAR-derived topographic imagery in their research. However, rarely are the two integrated in a way that offers a robust understanding of the complex historical palimpsests embedded within a social landscape. In this paper we present an integrated aerial and terrestrial remote sensing program at the Johnston Site, part of the larger Pinson Mounds landscape in the American MidSouth. Our work at Johnston was focused on better understanding the history of human landscape use and change so that we can begin to compare the Johnston Site with other large Middle Woodland (200 BC–AD 500) ceremonial centers in the region. Our research allowed us to examine the accuracy of an early map of the Johnston Site made in the early 20th century. However, our integrated remote sensing approach allows us to go well beyond testing the usefulness of the map; it helps identify different uses of the site through time and across space. Our research emphasizes the importance of an integrated remote sensing methodology when examining complex social landscapes of the past and present. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeological prospection; near-surface geophysics; LiDAR; magnetic gradiometry; surface magnetic susceptibility; electromagnetic induction; Middle Woodland period; Hopewell archaeology archaeological prospection; near-surface geophysics; LiDAR; magnetic gradiometry; surface magnetic susceptibility; electromagnetic induction; Middle Woodland period; Hopewell archaeology
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Henry, E.R.; Wright, A.P.; Sherwood, S.C.; Carmody, S.B.; Barrier, C.R.; Van de Ven, C. Beyond Never-Never Land: Integrating LiDAR and Geophysical Surveys at the Johnston Site, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Tennessee, USA. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12152364

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Henry ER, Wright AP, Sherwood SC, Carmody SB, Barrier CR, Van de Ven C. Beyond Never-Never Land: Integrating LiDAR and Geophysical Surveys at the Johnston Site, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Tennessee, USA. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(15):2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12152364

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Henry, Edward R.; Wright, Alice P.; Sherwood, Sarah C.; Carmody, Stephen B.; Barrier, Casey R.; Van de Ven, Christopher. 2020. "Beyond Never-Never Land: Integrating LiDAR and Geophysical Surveys at the Johnston Site, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Tennessee, USA" Remote Sens. 12, no. 15: 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12152364

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