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Historians Turn To 3D Imaging To Preserve Sites Threatened By Climate Change

Historians Turn To 3D Imaging To Preserve Sites Threatened By Climate Change

Written by David

May 4, 2019

View Slideshow 1 of 2 Davide Tanasi taking 3D digital images at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine. In coastal cities like St. Augustine, historic sites are facing modern threats – climate change and sea level rise. Now historians and preservationists are turning to technologies like 3D imaging as they look to protect those cultural resources for future generations. Around 1,000 people were buried in Tolomato Cemetery in the 17th and 18th centuries, including Elizabeth Forrester, whose grave is thought to be the oldest marked burial in Florida. The site, formerly a Franciscan Native American mission, is located at a low point in the city. When Hurricane Matthew skirted the east coast in 2016, the flood waters were about two feet deep in the cemetery. The ground collapsed in several areas, vaults were damaged by water and falling trees and the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association , the organization that handles […]

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