Rare pre-Columbian settlement on the Florida Gulf Coast revealed through high-resolution drone LiDAR

  title={Rare pre-Columbian settlement on the Florida Gulf Coast revealed through high-resolution drone LiDAR},
  author={Terry E. Barbour and Kenneth E. Sassaman and Ang{\'e}lica Mar{\'i}a Almeyda Zambrano and Eben North Broadbent and Benjamin E. Wilkinson and Richard S. Kanaski},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={23493 - 23498}
Significance An unexpected discovery made during the environmental impact surveys after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was the remains of an ancient village on the northern Gulf Coast of Florida. Drone-mounted LiDAR reveals a complex of 37 rings of oyster shell, and archaeological testing shows that each of the households occupying the rings produced large numbers of beads from the shells of marine gastropods. Shell beads were integral to the political economy of chiefdoms in eastern… Expand
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