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Archaeological Spatial Analysis

A Methodological Guide, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark Gillings, Piraye Hacıgüzeller, Gary Lock


608 pages | 64 Color Illus. | 188 B/W Illus.

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Effective spatial analysis is an essential element of archaeological research; this book is a unique guide to choosing the appropriate technique, applying it correctly and understanding its implications both theoretically and practically.

Focusing upon the key techniques used in archaeological spatial analysis, this book provides the authoritative, yet accessible, methodological guide to the subject which has thus far been missing from the corpus. It can be consulted by undergraduate and post-graduate level students as well as instructors, researchers and professionals in archaeology. Each chapter tackles a specific technique or application area and follows a clear and coherent structure. First, is a richly referenced introduction to the particular technique, followed by a detailed description of the methodology, then an archaeological case-study to illustrate the application of the technique, and conclusions that point to the implications and potential of the technique within archaeology.

The book is designed to function as the main textbook for archaeological spatial analysis courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level, while its user friendly structure makes it also suitable for self-learning by archaeology students as well as researchers and professionals.

Table of Contents

1) Archaeology and Spatial Analysis (Mark Gillings, Piraye Hacıgüzeller & Gary Lock)

2) Preparing Archaeological Data for Spatial Analysis (Neha Gupta)

3) Spatial Sampling (Edward B. Banning)

4) Spatial Point Patterns and Processes (Andrew Bevan)

5) Percolation Analysis (M Simon Maddison)

6) Geostatistics and spatial structure in archaeology (Christopher D. Lloyd & Peter M. Atkinson)

7) Spatial Interpolation (James Conolly)

8) Spatial Applications of Correlation and Linear Regression (Piraye Hacıgüzeller)

9) Non-stationarity and Local Spatial Analysis (Enrico R. Crema)

10) Spatial Fuzzy Sets (Johanna Fusco & Cyril de Runz)

11) Spatial Approaches to Assignment (John Pouncett)

12) Analyzing Environmental Relationships at the Regional Level (Kenneth L. Kvamme)

13) Predictive Spatial Modelling (Philip Verhagen & Thomas G. Whitley)

14) Spatial Agent-Based Modelling (Mark Lake)

15) Spatial Networks (Tom Brughmans & Matthew A. Peeples )

16) Space Syntax Methodology (Ulrich Thaler)

17) GIS-based Visibility Analysis (Mark Gillings & David Wheatley)

18) Spatial Analysis Based on Cost Functions (Irmela Herzog)

19) Processing and Analysing Satellite Data (Tuna Kalaycı)

20) Processing and Analysing Geophysical Data (Apostolos Sarris)

21) Space and Time (James S. Taylor)

22) Challenges in the Analysis of Geospatial ‘Big Data’ (Chris Green)

23) The Analytical Role of 3D Realistic Computer Graphics (Nicoló Dell'Unto)

24) Spatial Data Visualisation and Beyond (Stuart Eve & Shawn Graham)


About the Editors

Mark Gillings is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science at Bournemouth University. His research interests concentrate upon the productive spaces that emerges through the integrated study of landscape, archaeological theory and digital archaeology, with a particular focus upon the potentials of all things geospatial and virtual. Much of his recent research has centred upon the prehistoric landscapes of south western Britain, and the relationships that animated the complex, multi-scalar motleys of monumental structures and traces of everyday dwelling that characterise this region.

Piraye Hacigüzeller is a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and the Archaeology Department of Ghent University. Her research interests are theory and practice of digital archaeology and, more generally, digital humanities specifically in the cases of geospatial data visualisation, management and analysis. She is the co-editor of a recent book on archaeological mapping, Re-mapping Archaeology: Critical Perspectives, Alternative Mappings (Routledge, 2018).

Gary Lock is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford where he has spent 35 years teaching and researching several areas of archaeology. One of his specialisms is the British Iron Age, especially hillforts, and he was Co-PI of the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland. His other main area of interest is computer applications in archaeology, especially GIS and spatial archaeology, in which he has published several books. He has recently retired as Chair of the Computer Applications in Archaeology conference.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology