Searching for Prehistoric Burial Mounds in New Smyrna
Rebecca is currently working on 10 FEMA sites, seven of which are on the beach side of the barrier islands near New Smyrna. The barrier islands are part of a ridge and swale system. In this area, prehistoric people built burial mounds and shell middens on them, sometimes on top of topographic ridges created from the last glacial period. These topographic features were cleared out for development, and the burial mounds and shell middens were not recorded before they were destroyed.
Rebecca is using one meter DEM overlaid with LiDAR in Equator to see the pattern of the ridges and identify where the burial mounds and shell middens could be located. By identifying the topographic features that are not natural, she is able to locate some of the burial mounds and shell middens that were previously unknown.