Lunchtime Talk | Friday, 8 January 2021 | 12:30 p.m.

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Webinar Title and Abstract:

Geospatial modeling of archaeological site potential within the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

In 2012, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. (Alpine) based in Montrose, Colorado, was retained by the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction and Uncompahgre Field Offices to create site sensitivity models to help them develop a Resource Management Plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (DENCA). Alpine’s GIS department compiled a database of known archaeological resources and surveys conducted within the DENCA. Ecological, biological, and topographic variables based on location were also assigned to each archaeological site in the database. Site sensitivity models were then differentially developed for prehistoric and historic sites based on a factor analysis of the database. Traditional sensitivity maps for historic resources were also created based on qualitative historic factors. The two types of historic sensitivity models were then compared. The details of model construction and comparisons of the two types of historic models will be discussed during the presentation.

Presenter: Seth Frame, M.S., GISP

Raised in the Middle West, Seth Frame has over a decade of experience in GIS; most of that time has been spent in cultural resource management. In a previous life, he performed GIS services for archaeological companies in the inter-mountain West, he now lives in upstate New York where he is employed as a GIS Supervisor/Analyst for a software development company located in the Capital Region. Seth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cartography and Web Mapping Masters program.

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