Education, GIS

Satellite Imagery, Disaster Anthropology, & Hurricane Irma

I am teaching Disaster Anthropology during the spring semester of 2022 (January – May). This is the third time teaching the course at UCF, which examines the important part ethnographers and archaeologists play in disaster management, planning, and response. I first offered the course in 2012 at Monmouth University as a response to Hurricane Sandy. In preparation for this semester,…

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3D, Archaeology, Education, GIS, History, Public Outreach, Simulation

Building the Virtual Rosewood Cemetery

This post describes the process of building the Virtual Rosewood Cemetery available at Sketchfab (see below). The online, interactive reconstruction of Rosewood’s Black burial ground is based on several digital technologies increasingly used by archaeologists. These include LiDAR, photogrammetry, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and 3D modeling. While this post isn’t a tutorial per se, it might help folks with these…

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Chinese Entrepreneurs in 19/20th Century Key West

This is a short post regarding some exploratory analysis for an upcoming book project. It represents a return to some of my earliest interests in historical archaeology. Specifically, the archaeology of the Chinese diaspora. Whereas my earlier work explored the archaeology of this community around the Pacific Rim, my future research seeks to examine a less known aspect of the…

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3D, Archaeology, Photogrammetry

Introducing Open Source Digital Heritage Tutorials

My first foray into YouTube-based tutorials examines QGIS for archaeology. You can view those here. More recently, I’ve begun a second YouTube playlist regarding other open source tools for digital heritage. As with my QGIS for Arch tutorials, these tutorials include sample data and in-depth instructions. While geared for beginners, even experienced users will likely get something out of them…

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Archaeology, Education, GIS, Uncategorized

QGIS 4 Archaeology Online Course

QGIS – the world’s leading open source geographic information systems (GIS) software – has a lot to offer archaeologists and other cultural heritage workers (e.g., historians, architectural historians). QGIS is freely available online and runs on most operating systems. The following educational materials resulted from the disruption of my field school in summer 2020 due to COVID. Initially disappointed, I…

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3D, Archaeology, History

Cedar Key’s African American Burial Ground

The following is based on preliminary research regarding the presence of African American burials in Cedar Key, Florida. This research is motivated by my previous research on Rosewood, and my recent election as President of the Cedar Key Historical Society. The society manages the Cedar Key Historical Museum, and I’m excited to work with a great group of folks on…

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Education, Public Outreach

Parramore: Segregation in The City Beautiful

This month’s mini documentary discusses the history of Parramore, Florida. This community is home to one of Orlando’s oldest African American neighborhoods. The video divides this history into three sections. The first focuses on the 18th century and early efforts to segregate Orlando. The second section explores the growth of Parramore and continued efforts to restrict it during the 20th…

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3D, GIS, Public Outreach

Mapping African American Travel During Jim Crow

The remarkable Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has digitized versions of their Green Book collection. These books are part of the public consciousness following the 2018 Green Book movie and will be a part of the forthcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country, based on Matt Ruff’s book of the same title. Published between 1936 and 1966, these books provided…

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3D, Education, GIS

Teaching Archaeology with LiDAR & Sketchfab

My BA degree is from the University of Arkansas, where I was lucky enough to know Dr. Robert “Bob” Mainfort. He is well-known among Southeastern US archaeologists for his work at Pinson Mounds (and elsewhere). We once spoke about creating a 3D reconstruction of Pinson Mounds. That was 15 years ago. I never got around to it, until now! Constructing…

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