Over the past decade, GIS applications have allowed landscape historians to bring a progressively more complex set of data visualizations to the cloud. At Montpelier, the plantation home of President Madison, GIS is used in all data recording processes. This includes the collection of data in the field, bringing in legacy excavation data, architectural renderings of buildings, and historical documents into online GIS maps. Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration at Montpelier, will discuss these applications through a live presentation of publicly accessible data through online GIS maps and 3D scene data.
Reeves’ innovative public archaeology program has set national precedent for inviting the public to work alongside professional archaeologists excavating places where enslaved people lived and worked. He has collaborated with members of Montpelier’s descendent community and trained a generation of archaeologists passionate about investigating the institution of slavery.
Co-sponsored by the UVA Library Scholars’ Lab, Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, and the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program at UVA