ASSESSMENT OF THE HISTORIC AND GEOLOGIC ASPECTS OF THE TRIPHAMMER PROPERTY USING GROUND-PENETRATING RADAR AND RTK-GPS IN KINGSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Today, the Triphammer privilege is a tree-covered, vacant lot and is slated to become protected by the Kingston Conservation Commission. At this location, several dams have been built on the river; many of these former dams were built just upstream of the property. The current dam, the Wapping Road Dam, is directly adjacent to the Triphammer privilege on the downstream edge of the property. The dam is scheduled for removal in the summer of 2010, after which the Triphammer privilege will be developed into the new Triphammer Park conservation area.
To better understand the historical layout of the land for the development of an educational exhibit at the new Triphammer Park, the team will use ground-penetrating radar coupled with RTK-GPS to locate and identify traces of anthropogenic uses of the property. Our investigation will seek to link together the anthropogenic uses and modifications of the property with the natural processes related to the Jones River. As a part of the educational display, we intend to reconstruct the landscape to several time periods, including the immediate pre-colonial period.