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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Overhead – Site Mapping

March 9, 2016

Site MappingIn the days before GPS and GIS, site mapping was done with surveying instruments such as transits or alidades, or tape measures. This 1980 photo shows a Kathy Stevenson and a UW-La Crosse crew setting up a grid over a large field, using a transit, tapes, stakes and string, and handheld radios. Measurements were carefully recorded in notebooks. Back in the lab, the site was mapped by hand on large pieces of graph paper. This Woodland and Oneota site, now developed, was south of the Highway 14/61 “overhead” at the south end of La Crosse.