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GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology: Jerry Kennedy's Influence on Large Scale Studies

Author(s): John Turck ; Alexander Martin

Year: 2016

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The use of GIS and remote sensing for discerning patterns in past cultural phenomena has exploded in the last 15 years. It has moved beyond mere map-making, to sophisticated analyses (incorporating aspects such as spatial statistics, regional archaeological data, LiDAR data, and 3-D representations) that synthesize large and diverse datasets to better understand the past. This is especially true when reconstructing human settlement patterns to understand the nature of social change and the relationship between people and their environment. The research presented in this paper will highlight some of our work where GIS and remote sensing analysis has helped us to better understand the complex patterns seen in the archaeological record. Our initial introduction to GIS in archaeology can be credited solely to Jerry Kennedy, encouraging us to learn, and take full advantage of, this burgeoning field of inquiry. This was just one of the many aspects of Jerry Kennedy's mentoring that helped us focus our studies, and transition from students to professionals at the beginning of our academic careers.


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GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology: Jerry Kennedy's Influence on Large Scale Studies. John Turck, Alexander Martin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403008)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America