Program or Course




Academic Level at Time of Creation



Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Applied Sciences with an area in Computer Science


History and Geographic Information Sciences

Date of Creation

Fall 10-31-2018


KINCAID MOUNDS - A Comparative Analysis of Non-invasive Exploration Techniques is a journal of my efforts to conduct non-invasive site investigations at the Kincaid Mounds Archaeological site in Southern Illinois. Through the utilization of tools such as; drones, photography, satellite imaging, light distance and ranging, and powerful analysis software, I will demonstrate a number of useful techniques which one can utilize to conduct independent site investigations without disturbing a sites landscape or structural integrity. Thus, illustrating differences between those techniques and pointing out their strengths and weaknesses in their various applications.

During this journey, I will also venture into the world of three-dimensional rendering and printing. This research will illustrate how data can be obtained to create three-dimensional models of a site which can then be emailed between research colleagues or hobbyist around the world. Thus, demonstrating how such models can then be printed, via a 3-D printer, for a more hands-on investigation of site structures.

The goal of this work is to bring to light a series of techniques that can be utilized by both the professional researcher and the archaeological hobbyist. By using these few non-invasive techniques, one can conduct exciting site explorations void of disturbing the historical or structural integrity of a site. And, with a bit of added determination and discipline one can further utilize such techniques to identify sites of unknown existence.

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