Project Description

Earth Analytic partnered with the University of Maine at Farmington Archaeology Research Center and the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program to create the The Vermont Archaeological Sensitivity Model (VTASM), a GIS-based framework for simulating archaeological sensitivity statewide.

The VTASM uses the presence of environmental variables ranging from water resources, DEMs, geomorphological features and soil types to create a series of ArcGIS models to predict the relative likelihood of buried cultural deposits. The relative weights of the input datasets can be changed on-the-fly to model different environments
which require varying criteria. The result is a series of maps which assist traditional archaeological ground survey by providing a research tool to guide archaeologists in determining the likelihood of subsurface archaeological deposits in a given region.