Images: Native village found with satellite imagery in Canton, GA
These three images show the exciting possibilities of using remote sensing techniques to identify and protect Native American sites in the Southeast. When I first found this village site about seven years ago, several of the “blobs” made by house footprints were more rectangular in appearance. However, the earlier satellite photo was made in the winter. The ERSI and Coral softwares enhance the original visible light photograph to a near visible light-infrared image.
The repeated construction of houses created low mounds. In the summer time, the locations of the houses reflect grass with more nutrients. The cattle eat that grass first, leaving only stubs of grass blades. In the middle of the winter, especially after a rain, the house footprints are darker than surrounding soil, due to the higher level of organic matter in the soil.
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