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The landscapes of Islamic Merv, Turkmenistan: Where to draw the line?

Williams, T; (2008) The landscapes of Islamic Merv, Turkmenistan: Where to draw the line? Internet Archaeology , 25 10.11141/ia.25.1.

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Abstract

This article outlines approaches for interpreting the Islamic city of Sultan Kala (Merv), c. 8th-13th centuries AD, based upon aerial photographic and satellite imagery. Hierarchies of assumptions (identification of individual wall lines; which frame spaces, rooms and courtyards; which are grouped as parts of specific buildings; which are part of urban blocks) and ontologies (information about these assumptions and the variable confidence of interpretation, from the position of lines to spatial function) provide a dynamic structure for the presentation of data, interpretation and theory. The article establishes procedures and protocols within two sample areas (selected to represent the diverse features of the urban and suburban landscapes) to: Explore the theory and methodology of documenting interpretation (and uncertainty) in the transcription of aerial photographic and satellite imagery Develop ontological approaches to structuring interpretations and assumptions, within a hermeneutic model. Provide a textual and graphic narrative of the development of the areas. Establish an online forum (weblog) to contribute to the long-term project. Explore the use of other forms of electronic archive material, in particular, how imagery and audio files can be used to develop the discussion of landscapes and buildings.

Type: Article
Title: The landscapes of Islamic Merv, Turkmenistan: Where to draw the line?
DOI: 10.11141/ia.25.1
Publisher version: http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue25/merv_index.ht...
Keywords: Archaeology, urbansm, aerial photography, Central Asia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/42868
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