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Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology

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  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521797443

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  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a rapidly developing archaeological method which is moving from the domain of the computer specialist into that of the broader archaeological community. This comprehensive manual on the use of GIS in archaeology explores the concept of GIS and illustrates how it can be adapted for practical use. Examining issues such as spatial databases, data acquisition, spatial analysis, and techniques of visualization, the book is an essential tool for both students and professional archaeologists.

    • Archaeological examples included throughout
    • Introduces underlying theoretical principles as well as practical methods and techniques
    • Highly illustrated
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    'There is no stone unturned here - the manual contains sections for nearly every conceivable use of GIS, and each chapter illustrates the whys and how-tos in clear language with plenty of illustrations and supporting invaluable tool for both the novice and the experienced professional who seeks a better understanding of this important research tool.' Dirt

    ' … the book is well written, lavishly illustrated and attractively presented. The authors constantly demonstrate their considerable knowledge and skill in GIS, while making the technical, mathematical and computer issues easily comprehensible.' South African Archaeological Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521797443
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 173 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and theoretical issues in archaeological GIS
    2. First principles
    3. Putting GIS to work in archaeology
    4. The geodatabase
    5. Spatial data acquisition
    6. Building surface models
    7. Beginning exploratory data analysis
    8. Spatial analysis
    9. Map algebra, surface derivatives and spatial processes
    10. Regions: territories, catchments and viewsheds
    11. Routes: networks, cost paths and hydrology
    12. Maps and digital cartography
    13. Maintaining spatial data.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Geographic Information Science
  • Authors

    James Conolly, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
    James Conolly holds the Canada Research Chair in Archaeology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. His research interests include landscape archaeology, quantitative methods and the origins of early agriculture. He is co-editor (with Sue Colledge) of Early Neolithic Agriculture in South West Asia and Europe (forthcoming).

    Mark Lake, University College London
    Mark Lake is a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. His research interests include early prehistory and evolutionary archaeology. He is a contributor to Handbook of Archaeological Sciences (forthcoming) and a member of the editorial board of World Archaeology.

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