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Dec 4, 2005

Volunteers Map Ancient Trading Paths

A group of history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts are using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to map Indian trading paths dating back thousands of years, as well as the trade routes used by early pioneers in what is now North Carolina. The Trading Path Association recently held a, "Field Day" where members traversed through woods in Davidson County, North Carolina. As the Winston-Salem Journal reports, the group crawled through forest and brush searching for evidence of ancient trading paths and settlements. Upon locating such evidence, it is mapped with a GPS receiver. The groups goal is that as the area is developed, their maps will allow local officials to consider the historical significance of the site and then make an informed decision about whether to approve the development.

I posted previously on how GPS technology is bringing the ability to prepare maps to the average person.