Denver Chapter Meetings
The membership and officers of the Denver Chapter of CAS meet the 2nd Monday of every month.
- The meetings most often take place in Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO at 7:00 p.m.
- Enter the Auditorium using the Security Entrance (north side). The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for evening lectures and events.
All are welcome!
Monday, April 10, 2017
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Christopher T. Fisher, PhD, Archaeologist, Professor, Colorado State University
The Application of LiDAR Scanning for the Documentation of Ancient Cities and Regions
The application of airborne LiDAR for the detection and documentation of archaeological sites in arid and semi-arid regions of the Americas has initiated a ‘paradigm shift’ for Mesoamerican archaeology. Here I discuss results from two archaeological projects in disparate areas of Mesoamerica that have utilized LiDAR to both examine intra-site and extra-site patterning. The first, centered at the site of Angamuco in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, used LiDAR as a tool to examine the spatial patterning of individual units of architecture. The second used LiDAR to document the complete settlement pattern of an unexplored valley within the Mosquitia tropical wilderness of Honduras. Both of these studies confirm that value and promise of LiDAR technology
Chris Fisher is a professor of anthropology at Colorado State University. He received his doctorate and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. His work appears in edited volumes, including a co-edited book on intensification, Seeking a Richer Harvest: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change published by Plenum, The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience, and journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Anthropologist. He has conducted fieldwork in several areas of the United States, Mexico, Portugal, and Albania. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the Heinz Foundation, and other agencies. In 2007 Fisher received the Gordon R. Willey Award from the American Anthropological Association.
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