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A spatial study of aspects of the Roman settlement of Spain through the use of GIS

Massagrande, Federica Ada Nelda Marina; (1996) A spatial study of aspects of the Roman settlement of Spain through the use of GIS. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis explores the use of computer, and in particular GIS (Geographic Information Systems), techniques to study the development of the Roman rural settlement in three areas of Spain: the Guadalquivir Valley, the region of Tarragona and the Maresme. The project has two aims, the first consists of finding a viable way to study the archaeological data from non-systematic surveys, which have been collected over a period of years and stored in archaeological units. The second aim of the project is to assess to what extent GIS can be used to perform such a sort of archaeological study. Firstly, the data used in the study are presented and the way in which they were stored and manipulated in digital format is described and discussed. The computer hardware and software used are described. Some of the problems encountered with this approach are highlighted and the solutions implemented are presented. Secondly, the analysis on the archaeological data about the Roman rural sites in the three study areas, carried out using GIS and statistical software, is presented in detail. For each area the shape of rural settlement pattern at different periods is investigated in relation to environmental and socio-economic factors. Multivariate statistical techniques are used to study the pottery assemblage of the rural sites. The information derived from the analysis is then used to create models of the development of each area. In the concluding chapter the resulting models are compared and the differences and similarities in the development of the three areas observed. The advantages and disadvantages of using GIS with archaeological non-systematic survey data are discussed and assessed. Finally, a series of considerations on the main differences between the approach described in this thesis and earlier comprehensive works dealing with data from several separate areas are presented.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A spatial study of aspects of the Roman settlement of Spain through the use of GIS
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Applied sciences; Geographic Information Systems; Rome settlement; Spain
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10100433
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