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Archaeological Assessment Potential

2015 Honourable Mention
Organization: Region of Waterloo
Industry: Government, Natural Resources
Products: ArcGIS Desktop

The Region of Waterloo has developed an automated, digital archaeological potential model to determine the need for archaeological assessments prior to proposed development. This map shows the resulting “potential layers”, which are based on specific variables including proximity to known archaeological resources, sources of water, specific landforms, historic vegetation, historically mapped structures and historic roads. The model excludes lands that have had their archaeological capacity disturbed through deep excavation, aggregate extraction and post-1960s development. The source data is a combination of foundational variable data that remains unchanged and evolving variable data that is updated on a regular cycle prior to rerunning the model.