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A case study on the use of GIS in archaeology. Presented by Stuart at a Research Data seminar on GIS , which took place at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 17th March 2014

A case study on the use of GIS in archaeology. Presented by Stuart at a Research Data seminar on GIS , which took place at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on 17th March 2014

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  • 1. Monumental mapping GIS and Hadrian’s Wall Stuart Dunn King’s College London stuart.dunn@kcl.ac.uk
  • 2. • Vector – points, lines and polygons • Ratser – pixels with attributes • GIS allows us to query and overlay data with geographic coordinates • “A map on top of a database”
  • 3. • Everything happens somewhere • Historical sources refer to place in many different ways • Associating exact location with these is complex • Georeferencing • Accuracy versus precision • Relative versus absolute
  • 4. e.g. roads, rivers e.g. places e.g. countries, territories etc Vector GIS
  • 5. Source: http://www-eio.upc.edu/~pau/?q=node/18
  • 6. • ArcView x.x – ESRI; proprietary • GRASS – www.grass.osgeo.org • Quantum GIS - http://hub.qgis.org/projects/quantum- gis/wiki/Download • Google Earth – www.earth.google.com • Open Street Map - http://www.openstreetmap.org
  • 7. Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI) is considered a special case of an intermediary discourse: information is not fixed, it can be extended, altered, or even deleted at any time. This multi-stage, reflective character has to taken into consideration in a discourse- analytical approach. C. Fink, 2011 - Mapping Together : On collaborative implicit cartographies, their discourses and space construction.
  • 8. AD 1250 – Matthew Paris (Image source - British Library)
  • 9. Antonine Wall, c. 1906
  • 10. E.g. search for Chollerford GeoNames
  • 11. Introduction: What is GIS? Vector & unique identifiers, APIs and openstreetmap
  • 12. Introduction: What is GIS? Vector & unique identifiers, APIs and openstreetmap
  • 13. Introduction: What is GIS? Vector & unique identifiers, APIs and openstreetmap
  • 14. Introduction: What is GIS? Vector & unique identifiers, APIs and openstreetmap
  • 15. Introduction: What is GIS? Vector & unique identifiers, APIs and openstreetmap