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Minnesota Statewide Archaeological Predictive Model

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Phase 4

Historic surface hydrography

Phase 3 models have been in use for more than 10 years. Over that time period, the archaeological database has grown, more high quality, high resolution GIS data has become available, and PC-based computing and GIS software have improved. All of these will contribute to the development of Phase 4 models that should be improvements over the Phase 3 models in several ways.


Phase 4 Goals

The purpose of Phase 4 is to improve the accuracy and reliability of the archaeological predictive models. More accurate models will be characterized by one or more of the following:


Phase 4 Data

Phase 4 of Mn/Model will take advantage of better, higher resolution environmental data that are now available. In addition, MnDOT is digitizing archaeological site and survey boundaries to improve the archaeological database.


Phase 4 Research Design

Modeling procedures are being updated for Phase 4. In Phase 3, environmental variable were based on measurements from modern surface water features and very generalized historic vegetation maps. In Phase 4, models of historic and prehistoric surface water features, as well as models of historic vegetation, will be created and environmental variables will be based on them. Statistical modeling procedures have been updated as well, so that modelers will be able to select from eight different prediction methods.


Phase 4 Results


Phase 4 models will be developed by Ecological Classification System Subsection. Results will be posted on this site when they become available.






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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.