Teaching Archaeological Mapping at the Home of FDR
Dr. April Beisaw, Vassar College
Since 2016, I have assisted Dr. Beisaw in training student workers in archaeological mapping, and supervised the setup of geospatial data collection protocols for sites they are assessing at the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historical Site. For this project, we utilized a Total Station, differential GPS, and digital data collection forms on tablets.
As part of our contract, Dr. Beisaw agreed to let me share the custom Total Station training lesson and field guide I created for her in 2016. This guide has transformed each year as the research objectives and staff have developed. For example, I have expanded the scope of the document to include information on how to properly set up a grid system and suggestions about how to make decisions in the field when staff face unexpected circumstances.
To check out the Total Station training document, click here: Total Station Lesson (Beisaw)