Although archaeologists are using GIS technology at an accelerating rate, publication of their work has not kept pace. A state-of-the-art exploration the subject, GIS and Archaeological Site Location Modeling
pulls together discussions of theory and methodology, scale, data, quantitative methods, and cultural resource management and uses location models and case studies to illustrate these concepts. This book, written by a distinguished group of international authors, reassesses the practice of predictive modeling as it now exists and examines how it has become useful in new ways.
A guide to spatial procedures used in archaeology, the book provides a comprehensive treatment of predictive modeling. It draws together theoretical models and case studies and explains how modeling may be applied to future projects. The book illustrates the various aspects of academic and practical applications of predictive modeling. It also discusses the need to assess the reliability of the results and the implications of reliability assessment on the further development of predictive models.
Of the books available on GIS, some touch on archaeological applications but few cover the topic in such depth. Both up to date and containing case studies from a wide range of geographical locations including Europe, the USA, and Australia, this book sets a baseline for future developments.
Table of Contents
There and Back Again: Revisiting Archaeological Locational Modeling, K. Kvamme
Theoretical and Methodological Issues
Enhancing Predictive Archaeological Modeling: Integrating Location, Landscape, and Culture, G. Lock and T. Harris
One Step Beyond: Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Techniques to Increase the Value of Predictive Models, K.L. Wescott
Issues of Scale
Modeling for Management in a Compliance World, C.D. Dore and L. Wandsnider
Problems in Paleolithic Land Evaluation: A Cautionary Tale, H. Kamermans
Regional Dynamics of Hunting and Gathering: An Australian Case Study Using Archaeological Predictive Modeling, M. Ridges
Quantitative and Methodological Issues
Making Use of Distances: Estimating Parameters of Spatial Processes, C. Mayer
Integrating Spatial Statistics into Archaeological Data Modeling, K.R. Schwarz and J. Mount
Quantifying the Qualified: The Use of Multicriteria Methods and Bayesian Statistics for the Development of Archaeological Predictive Models, P. Verhagen
Large Databases and CRM
Points vs. Polygons: A Test Case Using a Statewide Geographic Information System, P.B. Mink, II, B.J. Stokes, and D. Pollack
Relating Cultural Resources to Their Natural Environment Using the IEDROK GIS: A Cultural Resources Management Tool for the Republic of Korea, B. Verhaaren, J. Levenson, and J. Kuiper
Appropriateness and Applicability of GIS and Predictive Models with Regard to Regulatory and Nonregulatory Archaeology, K.E. Kaufmann
Archaeological GIS in Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning, L.S. Naunapper
Modeling Applications in Process
Understanding Lines in the Roman Landscape: A Study of Ancient Roads and Field Systems Based on GIS Technology, F. Vermeulen
A GIS-Based Archaeological Predictive Model and Decision Support System for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, S. Madry, M. Cole S. Gould, B. Resnick, S. Seibel, and M. Wilkerson
Multicriteria/Multiobjective Predictive Modeling: A Tool for Simulating Hunter-Gatherer Decision Making and Behavior, F.J. Krist, Jr.
Predictive Modeling in a Homogeneous Environment: An Example from the Charleston Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina, T.G. Whitley
Predictive Modeling in Archaeological Location Analysis and Archaeological Resource Management: Principles and Applications, T. Veljanovski and Z. Stanc˘ic˘ [ the Slovenian character is not printing correctly]
The Changing Mesopotamian Landscape as Seen from Spot and Corona Images, C. Hritz
Quantitative Methods in Archaeological Prediction: From Binary to Fuzzy Logic, E.G. Hatzinikolaou
The Use of Predictive Modeling for Guiding the Archaeological Survey of Roman Pottery Kilns in the Argonne Region (Northeastern France), P. Verhagen and M. Gazenbeek
“This book is a summary of research conducted around the world … Combining these data with prediction equations developed by, the researchers have produced some interesting studies that point to success. The book has a series of contributors from around the world: France, Greece, UK, Slovenia, Australia, and of course, many different organizations in the U.S. This book represents the state of the art in the field as it is known today.”
— In Books-on-Line, 2006