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Archaeology talk March 21 – Using drones to record rock alignments
March 17, 2017

The Upper Green River Basin Chapter of the Wyoming Archeology Society (WAS) will be having a meeting on Tuesday, March 21st, at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation by Doug Ramsey & Ken Cannon. You do not need to be a member to attend. Everyone is welcome.

PRESENTATION: "Recording Rock Alignments Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) or Drones" by Doug Ramsey & Ken Cannon
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) –names aside, autonomous and semi-autonomous aircraft are rapidly gaining popularity as a method for collecting data such as aerial photography. Costs and technical requirements have continued to decrease at an accelerating rate making platforms that are capable of autonomous flight available for less than $1,000. These systems have become increasing relevant to the collection of data for mapping and the interpretation of archaeological sites around the world. The presentation will introduce the new technology to be used to document two large rock alignments sites in Sublette County this summer. This project is financed in part with funds granted to the Sublette County Historic Preservation Board from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior through the Certified Local Government Program administered by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.

Dr. R. Douglas Ramsey, Professor, Department of Wildland Resources; Director, Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory; Utah State University, is a plant ecologist, remote sensing, and GIS specialist. His main interests lie in applying digital remote sensing data to ecosystem modeling and developing GIS databases to aid in resource management and research. He has 27 years of practical experience applying satellite imagery as well as airborne digital photography to solve natural resource problems. Dr. Ramsey has conducted research in the Western U.S., Mexico, Egypt, and Iceland in semi-arid, forested, agricultural, and urbanized landscapes. He has developed techniques for analyzing spatial data using GIS to solve problems in natural resource management, geology, landscape ecology and archeology.

Kenneth P. Cannon (PhD, RPA) is the President and owner of Cannon Heritage Consultants (formerly USU Archeological Services). He received his PhD in geography from the University of Nebraska where he used GIS and stable isotope analyses to understand the biogeography of prehistoric bison in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He served as the founding President of the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association (2007-2013) and is currently the VP for the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association (2016-18). Ken has published in a range of interdisciplinary journals, such as Plains Anthropologist, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, and Great Plains Research. He has also received numerous competitive grants from various federal and private entities, including the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Earthwatch Institute, for his research.

MEMBERSHIP: Dues for 2017 membership are due by end of March, $20/Individual, $25/Family. If you have not paid already in 2017 and would like to be a member, please bring payment to the March meeting, or print and mail the membership form ( along with your dues. Membership dues help support WAS efforts at the state and local level including paying travel for speakers to come here to give great presentations.

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