1st Edition

Practical Applications of GIS for Archaeologists
A Predictive Modelling Toolkit




ISBN 9780748408306
Published December 23, 1999 by CRC Press
176 Pages

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Book Description

The use of GIS is the most powerful technology introduced to archaeology since the introduction of carbon 14 dating. The most widespread use of this technology has been for the prediction of archaeological site locations. This book focuses on the use of GIS for archaeological predictive modeling. The contributors include internationally recognized researchers who have been at the forefront of this revolutionary integration of GIS and archaeology, as well as first generation researchers who have begun to critically apply this new technology and explore its theoretical implications.

Table of Contents

Introduction, K.L. Wescott

A PREDICTIVE MODEL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE LOCATION IN THE EASTERN PRAIRIE PENINSULA, R.E. Warren and D.L. Asch
Introduction
Predictive Modeling
Materials and Methods
Results
Discussion and Conclusions

THE APPLICATION OF GIS PREDICTIVE SITE LOCATION MODELS WITHIN PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA, R.B. Duncan and K.A. Beckman
Introduction
Background
Predictive Model Development
Additional GIS Predictive Models
Discussion
Conclusion

USING A GIS TO MODEL PREHISTORIC SITE DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE UPPER CHESAPEAKE BAY, K.L. Wescott and J.A. Kuiper
Introduction
Aberdeen Proving Ground
The Model
Results

Protecting Cultural Resources through Forest Management Planning in Ontario Using Archaeological Predictive Modeling, L.D. Bona
Introduction
Background
Modeling Methodology
Model Research and Development
Pilot Projects
Oil and Water Can Mix! Integrating Archaeology into Forest Management Planning
Summary

CONSIDERATION OF SCALE IN MODELING SETTLEMENT PATTERNS USING GIS: AN IROQUOIS EXAMPLE, K.M. Sydoriak Allen
Introduction
Spatial Scale and Kind of Problems
Global, Regional, and Local Views of the Iroquoian World
GIS and Spatial Scale: Global, Regional, and Local Views
Central New York Region: Regional and Local
Conclusions

CONSTRUCTION OF DIGITAL ELEVATION MODELS FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, J.B. Hageman and D.A. Bennett
Introduction
Why Should the Archeaologist Care about Interpolation?
What is Interpolation?
Selecting the Interpolation Algorithm
A Belizean Case Study
Conclusion

THE STATE OF THE ART IN "INDUCTIVE" PREDICTIVE MODELING: SEVEN BIG MISTAKES (AND LOTS OF LITTLE ONES), J.L. Ebert
Introduction
GIS and Revulutionizing Predictive Modeling
Predictive Modeling Predicts and Models the Past
What We Want to Predict is Site Location
Proximity to Environmental Variables in Important
Maps Contain Environmental Variables
Map Data is Inaccurate
The Accuracy of Inductive Predictive Models Can be Determined

GIS APPLICATIONS IN ARCHAEOLOGY: METHOD IN SEARCH OF THEORY, T. Church, R.J. Brandon, and G.R. Burgett
Current Use of GIS in Archaeology
Correlative Predictive Models
The Resource Landscape
An Alternative: Explanatory Models from a Landscape Perspective
Tools to Tackle Landscapes
The Temporal Dimension
Scale and Grain
The Role of Climate
Geomorphological Processes and their Impact
Concluding Remarks

Index

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