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GIS and Archaeological Site Location Modeling

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Hardback: 9780415315487
pub: 2005-12-21
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Although archaeologists are using GIS technology at an accelerating rate, publication of their work has not kept pace. A state-of-the-art exploration the subject, GIS and Archaeological Site Location Modeling pulls together discussions of theory and methodology, scale, data, quantitative methods, and cultural resource management and uses location models and case studies to illustrate these concepts. This book, written by a distinguished group of international authors, reassesses the practice of predictive modeling as it now exists and examines how it has become useful in new ways.

A guide to spatial procedures used in archaeology, the book provides a comprehensive treatment of predictive modeling. It draws together theoretical models and case studies and explains how modeling may be applied to future projects. The book illustrates the various aspects of academic and practical applications of predictive modeling. It also discusses the need to assess the reliability of the results and the implications of reliability assessment on the further development of predictive models.

Of the books available on GIS, some touch on archaeological applications but few cover the topic in such depth. Both up to date and containing case studies from a wide range of geographical locations including Europe, the USA, and Australia, this book sets a baseline for future developments.


“This book is a summary of research conducted around the world … Combining these data with prediction equations developed by, the researchers have produced some interesting studies that point to success. The book has a series of contributors from around the world: France, Greece, UK, Slovenia, Australia, and of course, many different organizations in the U.S. This book represents the state of the art in the field as it is known today.”

— In Books-on-Line, 2006

Table of Contents


There and Back Again: Revisiting Archaeological Locational Modeling, K. Kvamme

Theoretical and Methodological Issues

Enhancing Predictive Archaeological Modeling: Integrating Location, Landscape, and Culture, G. Lock and T. Harris

One Step Beyond: Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Techniques to Increase the Value of Predictive Models, K.L. Wescott

Issues of Scale

Modeling for Management in a Compliance World, C.D. Dore and L. Wandsnider

Problems in Paleolithic Land Evaluation: A Cautionary Tale, H. Kamermans

Regional Dynamics of Hunting and Gathering: An Australian Case Study Using Archaeological Predictive Modeling, M. Ridges

Quantitative and Methodological Issues

Making Use of Distances: Estimating Parameters of Spatial Processes, C. Mayer

Integrating Spatial Statistics into Archaeological Data Modeling, K.R. Schwarz and J. Mount

Quantifying the Qualified: The Use of Multicriteria Methods and Bayesian Statistics for the Development of Archaeological Predictive Models, P. Verhagen

Large Databases and CRM

Points vs. Polygons: A Test Case Using a Statewide Geographic Information System, P.B. Mink, II, B.J. Stokes, and D. Pollack

Relating Cultural Resources to Their Natural Environment Using the IEDROK GIS: A Cultural Resources Management Tool for the Republic of Korea, B. Verhaaren, J. Levenson, and J. Kuiper

Appropriateness and Applicability of GIS and Predictive Models with Regard to Regulatory and Nonregulatory Archaeology, K.E. Kaufmann

Archaeological GIS in Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning, L.S. Naunapper

Modeling Applications in Process

Understanding Lines in the Roman Landscape: A Study of Ancient Roads and Field Systems Based on GIS Technology, F. Vermeulen

A GIS-Based Archaeological Predictive Model and Decision Support System for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, S. Madry, M. Cole S. Gould, B. Resnick, S. Seibel, and M. Wilkerson

Multicriteria/Multiobjective Predictive Modeling: A Tool for Simulating Hunter-Gatherer Decision Making and Behavior, F.J. Krist, Jr.

Predictive Modeling in a Homogeneous Environment: An Example from the Charleston Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina, T.G. Whitley

Predictive Modeling in Archaeological Location Analysis and Archaeological Resource Management: Principles and Applications, T. Veljanovski and Z. Stanc˘ic˘ [ the Slovenian character is not printing correctly]

The Changing Mesopotamian Landscape as Seen from Spot and Corona Images, C. Hritz

Quantitative Methods in Archaeological Prediction: From Binary to Fuzzy Logic, E.G. Hatzinikolaou

The Use of Predictive Modeling for Guiding the Archaeological Survey of Roman Pottery Kilns in the Argonne Region (Northeastern France), P. Verhagen and M. Gazenbeek

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems