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Territorial modelling and archaeological data: how complete must the picture be?

Mischka, Doris

In: Posluschny, A. ; Lambers, K. ; Herzog, I. (Hrsgg.): Layers of Perception. Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, 2.-6. April 2007. Koll. Vor- u. Frühgesch. 10. Bonn 2008 280 (Abstract)

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Abstract

The study area in the Upper Rhine Valley, its geographical features, the archaeological record and the degree of archaeological exploration are described and a model is introduced that enables the use of incomplete and heterogeneous archaeological data. This model is based on the combination of three maps, respectively showing the environmental potential of the landscape, the degree of archaeological exploration and site density. It serves several purposes. Firstly, to determine whether the absence of sites observed in certain regions is due to a poor environmental potential for settlement and cultivation or the lack of archaeological exploration. Secondly, to detect boundaries that cannot be explained by poor environmental potential or the lack of archaeological exploration and give the archaeologist good arguments for a cultural interpretation of these boundaries. Thirdly, to produce qualified estimates of possible further sites, especially in areas with little archaeological exploration. Two case studies illustrate the detection of prehistoric boundaries and their possible interpretation.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 10:02
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Alte Geschichte, Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Archäologie
Controlled Subjects: Archäologie, Informatik, Computerunterstütztes Verfahren, Computervisualistik, Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Naturwissenschaften
Subject (classification): History of the ancient world to ca. 499
Countries/Regions: Europe north and west of Italy (Antiquity)