Geospatial archaeology and architecture in the Andes

Author(s): Nicholas Tripcevich

Year: 2015


Emerging geospatial technologies have been applied to archaeological research problems in the Andean region by many researchers and this paper will provide a regional review of these contributions to architectural studies. Aerial remote sensing, both at regional and local scales, geophysical sensing, and mapping technologies like laser scanners and photogrammetry have enabled Andeanists to document architecture and construction features with new precision. Advances in geospatial software has provided important tools to both researchers and managers of increasingly impacted heritage sites. High precision models provide support for theoretical considerations of architecture including spatial syntax studies, social implications of enclosures and fortifications, of mural art, artifact distributions, and sensory studies such as acoustics and lighting.

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Geospatial archaeology and architecture in the Andes. Nicholas Tripcevich. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395044)


Architecture Gis Spatial

Geographic Keywords
South America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;