Archaeology in St. Petersburg Parks

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The mission of the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation is to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's park lands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life. A number of archaeological and cultural heritage sites are located on these lands, and as part of a preservation and management effort, these properties are being mapped and documented using the latest in 3D survey technologies. The goal of this project is to provide a better understanding of these resources, as well as produce meaningful interpretation experiences for park visitors and other interested persons.

An ongoing collaborative project between the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation and the University of South Florida Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections group (Principal Investigators Drs. Lori Collins and Travis Doering, along with consultant Dr. Robert Austin), are producing new heritage tourism experiences. Using 3D mapping and imaging strategies, the objective is to encourage and enhance park visitation, and assist in the production of curriculum and learning materials for school children and adults. The 3D models and other materials in this collection represent archaeological artifacts, landscape cartographic information, and visitor experience details for use in the classroom, on the web, and at the parks to improve interpretation of these important lands. This public archaeology project aims to increase awareness and appreciation for the City’s cultural heritage.