Tag Archives: GIS

New Spatial Humanities Website

28 Aug


Hi guys,
Just a quick post to tell you about the new website I developed for my current project, Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS and Places.
You can access it here and it contains all the information and news on the use and development of new GIS methodologies for the analysis of texts.
Although I am working with the History department and Literature at Lancaster this is quite exiting as it is opening new great possibilities also for historical archaeology. I’ll keep you posted on the progress we are making and please feel free to contact me anytime ūüôā
Have a nice week!

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Book: Thinking Beyond the Tool. Archaeological Computing and the Interpretive Process

15 Feb

Hey guys,

Just a quick note to let you know that our book ¬†“Thinking Beyond the Tool: archaeological computing and the interpretive process” (cover by Javier Pereda) is already in press.

The idea of putting together this book was inspired by the¬†session ‚ÄėThinking beyond the Tool: Archaeological¬†Computing and the Interpretive Process‚Äô, which was held¬†at the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference¬†in Bristol (17-19 December 2010). The book postulates that archaeological computing has become an integral part of the¬†interpretive process¬†for inquiring and disseminating the past and includes:

  • 12 theoretically informed chapters on a variety of computational methodologies used in archaeology and heritage
  • an introduction by the editors (Costas Papadopoulos, Angeliki Chrysanthi and myself)
  • a commentary by Jeremy Huggett
The book will be out by the end of March and those of you coming to the CAA2012 keep an eye for it at the¬†Archaeopress¬†stand! Many thanks to all those ‚Äď both authors and reviewers-¬†who have¬†contributed to this!

CAA 2012 Registration system is now open

19 Jan

The CAA2012 registration system is now open:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/registration/index.html

The early bird registration rates will end on 1 February. We very much look forward to seeing you in Southampton in March.

As part of the registration process we would very much like you to provide us with your social media profiles e.g. twitter, linkedin, academia etc. If you agree we will place these on the CAA2012 website in order to create an online community in advance of the conference and to help interactions during and after it. Please also follow @caasoton if you are a twitter user for regular updates.

See you in March!

 

Debating Spatial Archaeology

28 Nov

Hey guys, I thought this could be of great interest ūüôā

DEBATING SPATIAL ARCHAEOLOGY.
Internationl Workshop on Landscape and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
Santander, June 2012

Debating Spatial Archaeology

The study of spatiality is one of the most important issues in Archaeology. Since the very first moments of the discipline, the understanding of spatial relations has been a key factor for interpreting past social dynamics. The importance of spatial analyses has led to the appearance of specific issues within Archaeology, such as Landscape Archaeology, Spatial Statistics, Cognitive Archaeology, etc., all of which can broadly be included within the Spatial Archaeology issue. On the other hand, in recent years there has been great improvement in recording methods and analysis tools, mainly thanks to the generalization of GIS, which has contributed to the development of spatial analyses.

However, these methodological improvements and conceptual developments have not always had an accompanying parallel theoretical dissertation about the real application of spatial analyses to archaeological interpretations; spatial analyses usually focus on geographic data and cartographic outcomes which have to be inserted into a previously defined, fixed framework valid in its own right, instead of really trying to link those results with the proposed interpretations. In these cases, space is automatically assumed to be a fully significant concept, either from an economic or relational perspective, but without a serious discussion of what it really means with relation to each particular case.

The main aim of the Debating Spatial Archaeology International Workshop is to provide a debate forum where archaeologists can discuss what space means in Archaeology, how it is perceived and interpreted by archaeologists, and why. Keeping in mind the need for a connection between methodology issues, analysis results and interpretations, participants are encouraged not only to analyse spatial variability, but to point out the probable reasons for such variability from in terms of social space, as well as to discuss how their spatial analyses can improve the understanding of social and historical dynamics within their case studies.

http://www.spatialarchaeology.unican.es/Default.aspx

Computer Applications in Archaeology – Call for papers

7 Nov

Hey guys,

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is open for our session in the CAA conference that is taking place at the University of Southampton in March 2012.

Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

Patricia Murrieta-Flores*, Angeliky Chrysanthi* and Stuart Dunn^

*University of Southampton

^King’s College London

Human movement and mobility has always been a challenging topic in the field of archaeology ‚Äďinvolving research both in past and contemporary settings- due to the static nature of material culture which usually conditions both its interpretation and reception. Research on movement also, features in discourses pertinent to spatial perception, wayfinding and embodied experience providing thus, an ideal ground for interdisciplinary research.

Movement in past societies can be considered a scalar phenomenon whose study requires the consideration of diverse temporal and spatial scales. In order to understand how people travelled and moved during the past, it is necessary to delve into a series of theoretical and practical issues that range from the basic variables and factors that affect human movement such as physiology, perception, and social relationships, to the specific conditions of the environment in which the studied society lived. In the past decade, a wide range of computational approaches in different disciplines has been developed helping us to shed light into a variety of hypothesis related to human movement.

Similarly, current technological advances in motion capture, tracking systems and simulation techniques enable the study of human movement and the experience of moving both in real and virtual spaces; and to extrapolate from one to the other. This has unlocked a variety of new territories for research and practice-led work which informs the computer-mediated fields of heritage such as site and visitor management, fieldwork, serious games in cultural heritage, museology and visitor experience studies. It also allows us to (re) consider some of the assumptions that lie behind the capture and presentation of 3D imagery of archaeological features and environments.

The purpose of this session is to bring together the various technologies and computational methodologies used by archaeologists and other specialists that explore past and present human movement. We also welcome papers that examine potential lines of collaboration on this topic between a diversity of fields like physiology, psychology, archaeology, heritage management, design and computer science.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/submissions/index.html

In need of GIS data? Try this great site :D

15 Feb

Hello guys, just a quick note to tell you about a really good site to obtain GIS data from all around the world.

Vectorial and raster data is available.

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