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Representing Cultural Networks: A GIS Analysis of Spanish Colonial Settlement in San Diego

Author(s): Michael Prouty

Year: 2016

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The colonial efforts by the Spanish and subsequent generations resulted in the formation of cultural networks that were based on the reliance and access to key ecological resources. Ultimately these networks influenced the development of social stratification of the San Diego River watershed and the surrounding region. Incorporating the analysis of archaeological, anthropological, and historical data, and utilizing geographic information systems, a series of maps depicting site densities, a suitability model, and cultural interaction diagrams were built. Coupled together, these maps highlight the cultural networks that had formed prior, during, and after Spanish contact. The analysis of these networks and the resulting social stratification resulted in identifying settlement patterns that influenced the development of the San Diego region.


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Representing Cultural Networks: A GIS Analysis of Spanish Colonial Settlement in San Diego. Michael Prouty. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404802)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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