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.