Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources


Review best means of integrating new technologies with existing CRM practices as they relate to the documentation, preservation, and/or creative mitigation of cultural resources. Learn about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), digital documentation (photogrammetry), and virtual reality (new media methods). Discuss ways to integrate these technologies with more familiar forms of technology, such as geographic information systems (GIS), and explore how information gathered can be used for public outreach.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction and ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques.

Detailed Agenda


Luke J. Pecoraro, Ph.D., RPA, director of Archaeology, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust; former director of Curatorial Services, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, director of Archaeology, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and staff archaeologist with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; past experience teaching on the university level


Beginner and intermediate CRM practitioners, including technical experts and managers, archaeologists, architectural historians, cultural and natural resource managers, GIS practitioners, landscape architects, planners, preservation architects, and tribal officials.

Evaluation Comments

"Provided a good starting point for exploring the technology presented."

"Excellent materials—learned about software I'd never even heard of before."

"Lot of good content! Good for generating ideas for mitigation."

"I was excited to learn about emerging tools, very helpful and applicable."

"I liked hearing about many techniques I didn't know about; I can see using many of these in my work."

"It was a good refresher/introduction to some of the useful technologies."

Related Trainings

ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction (online training version)
ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques (online training version)
ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction
ArcGIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques

Customized Training

NPI offers customized training to meet specific organizational needs at a location and time convenient for the sponsor. In-person seminars, online, on-demand courses, and/or webinars may be based on current NPI offerings or new preservation-related training may be developed.


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