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Mn/Model

Minnesota Statewide Archaeological Predictive Model

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About Mn/Model

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Mn/Model is a set of GIS-based tools that help the Minnesota Department of Transportation avoid impacts on archaeological sites throughout Minnesota. Mn/Model uses GIS-based statistical models that map the potential for pre-1837 surface archaeological sites in Minnesota.

These models are used by MnDOT for site avoidance and survey design. This helps MnDOT meet the mandate of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

 

Background

 

MnDOT initiated Mn/Model in 1995 as part of a major environmental streamlining project. The project was made possible by funding from the Federal Highway Administration's Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.

 

Mn/Model is the first archaeological predictive model to be developed and implemented for an entire state.

 

 

Mn/Model is the first archaeological predictive model to make survey bias explicit in the final results.

 

 

Mn/Model is the first archaeological predictive modeling project to assess the potential for finding archaeological sites both at the soil surface and at different depths.

 

 

 

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Acknowledgements

Mn/Model was financed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation using funds set aside by the Federal Highway Administration's Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.

 

Copyright Notice

The Mn/Model process and the predictive models it produced are copyrighted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), 2000. They may not be used without MnDOT's Consent.