Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

History

Sub-Department

College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Robert Weyeneth

Abstract

Recently, archaeological and historical preservation studies have looked into identifying and preserving the remnants of rice cultivation left on the modern landscape. This work resulted in guidelines for identifying and evaluating these remnants for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Further, these guidelines made a clear distinguish between two types of rice cultivation; tidal and inland rice cultivation. Still, this research focused on the identification and evaluation of rice cultivation remnant in areas of where the majority of rice cultivation place in South Carolina: along the Atlantic Coast. This study examines one parcel of land with possible rice remnants located in southwest portion of Sumter County, South Carolina. In order to examine these features, LIDAR data from the Digital Coast portion of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was utilized in Geographic Information Systems ArcMap 10.2 to create a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in order to look at the possible remnants of rice cultivation on the parcel of land. In order to identify if the features seen on in the DEM were remnants of rice cultivation, as well as which type of rice cultivation these remnants represent, a second DEM was created from LIDAR data from the same website representing an area of known rice cultivation along the Atlantic Coast.

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