Advances and changes in the surveying and mapping of Guatemalan archaeology aided by new information technologies

Author(s): Rodrigo Guzman

Year: 2015


Guatemalan archaeology is benefiting from new technologies for the monitoring and measurement of spatial information. Traditionally, archaeologists have relied on specialists in mapping and surveying to record spatial data and use it as the basis for the study of distribution of cultural traits. However, advances in mapping technology which allow non-specialists to collect multiple data points in shorter amounts of time is greatly aiding archaeologists working at sites in Guatemala. Other advances include the introduction of the new information technology, which provide users with free software, geographic navigation programs, and tutorials. Likewise, access to base maps in analogue and digital format have been improved, which in terms of accuracy, are presented in a local projection supported by a relatively new geodetic network. Institutions and projects that conduct archaeological research are increasingly using such technologies, with individual users being non-specialists or local specialized archaeologists. In this paper, I discuss the use of some of these new technologies by archaeologists working at specific sites in Guatemala, as well as the impact this technology is having on our interpretations of architecture and landscapes in the past.

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Advances and changes in the surveying and mapping of Guatemalan archaeology aided by new information technologies. Rodrigo Guzman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395045)


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