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1 Documenting Sites in Rhode Island Presentation by James Gage given at the NEARA Spring 2014 Meeting held in Warwick RI. © 2014

2 Site Documentation Step 1 – Photographs Step 2 – GPS Step 3 – Measurements Step 4 – Maps Step 5 – Site Report Step 6 – File Your Report

3 Research Ethics Please … Do not dig Do not move any stones Do not add any stones Do not climb on top of the structures Do not remove any artifacts It is okay to … Take photographs and measurements Brush the leaves away

4 Number the Structures Stone Cairn, Boxley, Arkansas

5 Front Back Top Down Side View Step 1 - Photographs

6 Photo Scales

7 IPAD Handheld GPS Unit Smart Phone with External Bluetooth GPS Receiver

8 Step 3 - Take Measurements

9 Step 4 - Maps

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11 Step 5 - Paperwork

12 #7 – On ground cairn with depression Cairn is a mound on the ground with a wide, deep depression. It was built on level ground. Cairn 7’ Dia. Stone sizes: large, medium, small N 39° 15’ ” W 72° 26’ ” Sample Stone Structure Entry

13 Step 6 – File Your Report RI State Archaeologist Office Charlotte Taylor Senior Archaeologist RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission 150 Benefit Street Providence, RI NEARA Site Files Anne Wikkala NHTI Library 31 College Dr. Concord, NH 03301

14 New Discoveries

15 Miniature Chambers Voluntown, CT

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17 Niche-Shaft Niche opening in frontVertical shaft opening on top

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