Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Thomas McGovern

Second Advisor

Megan Hicks

Academic Program Adviser

Marc Edelman


New archaeological survey technologies have transformed the way in which sites are mapped. Nixtun-Ch’ich’ in Petén, Guatemala has been surveyed in a variety of ways including a theodolite with an electronic distance measurement (EDM), total station (TS), laser imaging, detection and ranging (LiDAR), and photogrammetry. This paper aims to compare various mapping techniques and their accuracy, precision, and efficiency when pertaining specifically to mapping in Nixtun-Ch’ich’, Petén, Guatemala. The goal is to evaluate which technique is most efficient when mapping in the site by considering the variables of cost, time, and environment of the site. The paper also considers the impact of new technologies upon archaeologists as a social group.



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