Peeping through the Leaves

Digs & Discoveries May/June 2014

(Courtesy Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CTECO), Courtesy 2010 USDA NRCS)

Southern New England’s forests are beloved for the bright colors of their fall foliage, but they also hide much of the rich record of human influence on the historic landscape. Using lidar, which employs lasers to see beneath tree cover, Kate Johnson of the University of Connecticut has been able to peer into the past of the Northeast. “We have identified old stone walls, foundations, dams, mills, and abandoned roads and paths that are obscured in aerial and satellite imagery,” says Johnson. “Being able to see these features on the landscape is exciting because this type of data was never available before.”

  • Artifacts May/June 2014

    Roman Ritual Deposit

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    (Archaeological Exploration of Sardis)
  • Around the World May/June 2014


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    (Courtesy Danielle Kurin)
  • Digs & Discoveries May/June 2014

    A Brief Glimpse into Early Rome

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    (Courtesy Dan Diffendale/Sant'Omobono Project)
  • Features May/June 2014

    Searching for the Comanche Empire

    In a deep gorge in New Mexico, archaeologists have discovered a unique site that tells the story of a nomadic confederacy's rise to power in the heart of North America

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    (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY)