Like most disciplines, archaeology benefits from the use of GIS and it’s ability to effectively manage complex spatial and tabular data sources. One particular use of GIS is the rectification of historic maps with modern spatial data, a process whereby old maps are literally warped onto existing maps. This produces an overlay sequence of spatial data, something akin to a series of map transparencies, all of which can be turned on and off at will or used for more specific analyses.
The attached movie demonstrates this power of GIS, with a little music thrown in for effect! It shows Crandall Park in Glens Falls, NY, and the network of cross-country ski trails that exist within the park (shown in red). These trails are known locally as Cole’s Woods, though few locals actually know who or what Cole refers to. By rectifying a series of historic Glens Falls maps, the name N. Cole can be seen listed along a portion of the trails.
Viewing tip: turn the lights down and the volume up! Check this out for more info regarding nordic skiing in Glens Falls.