GIS in Archaeology

"...archaeologists who wish to understand GIS have been faced with a number of options, none of them particularly satisfactory or convenient.  They could read introductory texts derived from other fields or disciplines, such as soil science or economic geography.  Alternatively, the curious coud be directed towards the proprietary manual accompanying a given piece of software and then decide how best to translate this information into a specific archaeological context.  Although some manuals are excellent, this leaves the archaeologist to fashion an application of GIS that is sensitive to the unique requirements of the discipline, in the process adding an extra burden to the already non-trivial task of getting to grips a complex technology." (Wheatley & Gillings, 2002: 2) 

 

GIS has become an important and widely-used tool in archaeological analysis.  However, for archaeologists that have little GIS training or time it can be difficult to get started on a project, as the quote above explains.  As GIS becomes an ever bigger part of archaeology (and as more faulty studies are performed) more notice is being paid to the methods and techniques required for a proper and valid analysis.  I have put together a list of some of the more useful resources that should help any archaeologist to get an understanding of the use and aplications of GIS in archaeology, as well as how to perform a thorough and accurate GIS analysis. This list is primarily made for those with access to the WWC library and archaeology lab.

Books

Journals

There are many journal articles and papers containing case studies and applications of GIs in archaeology.  A small sample of these are available for reference in a binder in the archaeology lab.  Due to copyrights I can not link to digital copies of the files here.

Useful Links