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AmaTerra archaeologist guest blogger on Stephen F. Austin's CRHR - Archaeology Site

AmaTerra archaeologist, Mason Miller, recently was invited as a guest writer on Stephen F. Austin Unveristy's CRHR - Archaeology Blog. The post, discusses the recent all-digital publication of "Peering Through the Sands of Time," and the effectiveness of all-digital and tablet-based public outreach. It's a new frontier and to us it seems like we're just taking the first big steps. Read the entry here.

3D Modeling with the help of Stephen F. Austin's Center for Regional Heritage Research

You've seen the those nifty grooved axe blades from the recent Pineywoods survey project. We made some nice epoxy casts to preserve them in at least one way, since the artifacts themselves have to be permanently curated. We recently had a chance to take things one step further! AmaTerra friend, Dr. Robert "Zac" Selden of Stephen F. Austin University's Center for Regional Heritage Reseach, was in Austin with his incredibly impressive 3d digital scanning system digitizing a variety of artifacts from the THC and TPWD. He graciously offered to scan our two axe blades while he was at it! Take a look! Here's AmaTerra archaeologist, Dan Rose, scanning one of the blades as well. And here are the fi

AmaTerra continue their work at Fort Bliss

Our New Mexico team, based in Las Cruces, now totals 14 archaeologists. Our primary clients are White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss. Together, these two US Army installations total more than 4,900 contiguous square miles (that’s more than 3.1 million acres!) The survey crew takes a brief rest to enjoy the view. At Fort Bliss, a team lead by Moira Ernst and Matthew Swanson has just completed a survey of 5,162 acres using the Fort Bliss Transect Recording Unit (TRU) method in which field surveyors record observations within individual 15x15 m cells using Trimble GPS data loggers. (That is more than 92,000 survey cells!) The raw data are fed into a GIS program and sites are delineated po

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