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Explore Phoenix's Ancient Canals And Farmland With A Deeper Map App

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 8:07am

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A Deeper Map
An image from Richard Laugharn's app A Deeper Map showing ancient irrigation and agricultural fields on the left and a contemporary map on the right. The contemporary map can be moved away to reveal the ancient map.

The history of the Phoenix area isn’t given quite the same amount of attention as other highly-populated cities in the U.S.

To some degree, that makes sense, as its history as Arizona’s capital city is relatively short. But for many generations before that, this was a very diverse place full of canals and fascinating topography.

Richard Laugharn has developed the app A Deeper Map, which allows users to find out more about where they may be currently standing in metro Phoenix — including what ancient canals and farmland looked like. 

The Show spoke with Laugharn about what people will learn when they use the app.

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