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Using Digimap data for Archaeology - Geoforum 2016 - Kathleen O'Donnell

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A presentation about how data from Digimap has helped to find quarries used in the production of stone for Hadrian's Wall. The research was carried out by Kathleen O'Donnell as part of her MSC and will be continued in a PhD.

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Using Digimap data for Archaeology - Geoforum 2016 - Kathleen O'Donnell

  1. 1. USING DIGIMAP’S SPATIAL DATA: A STUDENTS PERSPECTIVE KATHLEEN O’DONNELL, GEOFORUM 2016
  2. 2. USING DIGIMAP DATA IN ARCHAEOLOGY: THE QUARRIES OF HADRIAN’S WALL • Started project in 2014 with MSc • Now in first year of PhD • Work has relied on many different data sources from within digimap and outside of digimap • Presentation will consist of three parts – • What Digimap data I use • Which other data sets I use and how I incorporate them with digimap data • A case study of a site which I identified using digimap data
  3. 3. OS VECTOR MAP LOCAL NY76NE
  4. 4. GEOLOGICAL DATA
  5. 5. DIGITAL ELEVATION MODELS
  6. 6. HISTORICAL MAPS (1890’S)
  7. 7. COMBINING DIGIMAP DATA WITH OTHER SOURCES • Outside sources – • Lidar from Environmental Agency • BGS Survey Britpits Database • English Heritage • Google Earth • Creating own data, gazetteer • Historical maps from NMS Collection
  8. 8. HISTORICAL MAPS, MACLAUGHLAN 1868, TATE 1867
  9. 9. COMBINING DIGIMAP DATA WITH LIDAR (QGIS)
  10. 10. COMBINING DIGIMAP DATA WITH LIDAR (QGIS)
  11. 11. COMBINING DIGIMAP DATA WITH LIDAR (QGIS)
  12. 12. CASE STUDY: CRAG WOOD QUARRY
  13. 13. CRAG WOOD ON HISTORICAL MAPS 1860s 1890s 1960s
  14. 14. CRAG WOOD FIELD VISIT
  15. 15. CONCLUSIONS • Digimap data allowed me to find many sites like this, and I have now built up a gazetteer of over 115 quarries around the central sector of Hadrian’s Wall. • The historical maps are able to show that this site in particular was not used as a quarry in at least the last 150 years. • I have found the data easy to access and download even as a person with no formal training in GIS/using special data. • Some of the data I have used can not be included on digimap (such as the older maps at the NMS) but it would potentially be useful to add the data from BGS Britpits, English Heritage and Environmental Agency LiDAR. • Although Digimap has a Q&A section and a video guide for using ROAM it could produce more guides or tutorials for students using the data for people such as myself with no training in GIS.
  16. 16. QUESTIONS • Thank you to my supervisors Professor Jim Crow and Dr Ben Russell and to my funding body the AHRC. • Contact Information - • Kathleen O’Donnell - s1035612@sms.ed.ac.uk

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