How archaeologists use GIS

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My short talk to 6th formers from Leeds Grammar School on how GIS can be used in archaeology- for World GIS Dat 2009

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  • How archaeologists use GIS

    1. 1. How Archaeologists use GIS
    2. 2. What is Archaeology? ar-chae-ol-o-gy or ar-che-ol-o-gy: 1 archaic: ancient history 2 : the scientific study of extinct peoples or of past phases of the culture of historic peoples through skeletal remains, fossils, and objects of human workmanship (as implements, artifacts, monuments, or inscriptions) found in the earth 3 : remains of the culture of a people ar-chae-ol-o-gist or ar-che-ol-o-gist: specialist in archaeology (abstracted from Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged. G.& C. Merriam Company, Publishers. Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 1976. p. 111.) But contrary to popular belief... We don't do dinosaurs, or aliens We don't go around like Lara Croft or Indiana Jones We usually take more than 3 days over a dig
    3. 3. Archaeologists use GIS to tell us more about what we're digging up © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    4. 4. Prehistoric Roundhouses look like this when we reconstruct them © Blogdroed
    5. 5. but they look like this in the ground © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    6. 6. GIS helps us see them more clearly © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    7. 7. We use it to survey what we find- even in the most challenging of landscapes! © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    8. 8. ...then we use GIS on a wider scale to show how people interacted with their landscape © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    9. 9. Is it significant that people used the land in this way? © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    10. 10. Can we use this information to help find other sites? © Oxford Archaeological Unit
    11. 11. In summary- we use GIS at small scale to tell us about an individual house, through to large scale, helping us to understand and manage whole landscapes © English Heritage
    12. 12. Thank You! This work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California 94105, USA. Jo Cook OA Digital http://oadigital.net [email_address] +44 (0)1524 880212 http://oadigital.net http://thehumanjourney.net http://slideshare.com/archaeogeek

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