Montpelier Landscape Project

A Visual Landscape History

The Montpelier Landscape Project is a collaborative effort by Montpelier's Department of Archaeology, Department of Research in addition to University of Arkansas' Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) to establish a landscape use history of the Montpelier property. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Montpelier researchers are combining archaeological metal detector survey, traditional archaeological survey methods, archaeological excavation, deed research, historical maps, and historical accounts to identify areas of human activity across the Montpelier property.

Below, you will see a series of maps generated from this research that project different elements of land use and change through time, a presentation of the different datasets used in the research, and series of digital stories using Esri's StoryMaps to present some of the initial discoveries yielded through these technologies. Explore maps are available for you to peruse the data results on your own. Learn maps are map-based stories to present results and methods.

Map Explorer

This map was built using Geographic Information Systems, and incorporates metal detector survey data that has been conducted so far by the Montpelier Archaeology Staff and metal detectorists. This collaborative effort has resulted in survey on a 20 meter grid of a number of areas across the property. The survey is ongoing.

Navigate this map by moving the magnifying glass over the grid, and click on hits to see what was found.

Deed maps were used to gather information about the transition in property ownership from the 1720s to the 1850s. Information on the corners and distances were also recorded. Additional dates will be added to this map as further research is conducted.

Navigate this map by moving the slider at the bottom to see how the land was sold and purchased through time.

Explore the results of the LiDAR Survey map to see the different features on the landscape. Learn more about the results of the LiDAR survey here.

This story map presents the process by which Montpelier uses metal detecting survey to gather data about the plantation landscape through collaboration of metal detecting hobbyists and archaeologists.

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