Dr. Jami Lockhart, director of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) research for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will present “LiDAR for Discovery and Mapping in Arkansas Archeology” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Echols Conference Center on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus. The presentation will focus on the use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) in Arkansas archeology.

The UAFS presentation will take place for a meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, hosted by the research station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, located at UAFS. The UAFS research station, run by Tim Mulvihill, is one of 10 research stations in the state. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Remote sensing technologies have revolutionized archeology around the world, enabling site discovery and mapping from high above, even penetrating through dense foliage to reveal subtle prehistoric and historic human alterations to ground surfaces. Most of Dr. Lockhart’s data is from publicly available sources collected by traditional aircraft, but as the technology advances, unmanned aerial system LiDAR is becoming more widely available.

In addition to her his work for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, Dr. Lockhart also serves as research faculty in the Department of Anthropology and the Environmental Dynamics Ph.D. Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His work integrates geophysical remote sensing, high-accuracy mapping, aerial photo interpretation, image processing, LiDAR analysis, and GIS data development for archeological projects and cultural landscape studies through time.

For more information contact Mulvihill at 479-788-7812 or Tim.Mulvihill@uafs.edu.