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Finding the Forge: Geographic Visualization in Archaeology

Roy S. Stine
Historical Archaeology
Vol. 34, No. 4 (2000), pp. 61-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25616852
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Finding the Forge: Geographic Visualization in Archaeology
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Abstract

Geographic Visualization (GVis) techniques are discussed as applied to a study of intra-site patterning at the Reed Gold Mine Blacksmith Shop near Georgeville, North Carolina. One of the questions under investigation by the sponsoring agencies (North Carolina Historic Sites in conjunction with the Gold History Corporation) pertained to the location of the forge. After excavations, no direct evidence of a forge, such as a masonry foundation or an oak anvil base, was discovered. When viewed spatially however, there are ample marker artifact data pointing to a forge area. These artifacts were mapped and analyzed using Geographic Visualization techniques. By using this technology to ask questions about the artifact patterning, a strong indication as to the location of the forge was discovered.

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