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GIS, archaeological survey and landscape archaeology on the island of Kythera, Greece

Bevan, AH; Conolly, JW; (2004) GIS, archaeological survey and landscape archaeology on the island of Kythera, Greece. Journal of Field Archaeology , 29 (1/2) 123 - 138. 10.2307/3181488. Green open access

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Abstract

GIS and quantitative analysis are used to explore a series of simple but important issues in GIS-led survey. We draw on information collected during intensive archaeological field survey of the island of Kythera, Greece, and consider four questions: the relationship between terracing and enclosed field systems; the effect of vegetation on archaeological recovery; site definition and characterization in multi-period and artifact-rich landscapes; and site location modelling that considers some of the decisions behind the placing of particular Bronze Age settlements. We have chosen GIS and quantitative methods to extract patterns and structure in our multi-scalar dataset, demonstrating the value of GIS in helping to understand the archaeological record and past settlement dynamics. The case studies can be viewed as examples of how GIS may contribute to four stages in any empirically based landscape project insofar as they move from the spatial structure of the modern landscape, to the visibility and patterning of archaeological data, to the interpretation of settlement patterns.

Type:Article
Title:GIS, archaeological survey and landscape archaeology on the island of Kythera, Greece
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.2307/3181488
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3181488
Language:English
Additional information:© 2002 Board of Trustees, Boston University
Keywords:GIS, landscape, Kythera
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology

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