Crow Canyon

Total Stations

Total stations digitally calibrate angles and use a laser beam to measure distance with a high degree of accuracy. Field maps are created by downloading mapping points into a computer program that converts the data into a visual display.

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Learn more:

For a simple explanation of how total stations work (for kids, but adults may find useful, too), visit Time Team America on the PBS website.

For a more technical explanation, try Total Stations in Archaeology on the Society for American Archaeology website.