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Databases and GIS tools : Analysis of Archeological Remains

Author(s): Yanik Blouin

Year: 2014

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The use of GIS in archaeology begins in the middle of the 1990th decade, but we must wait until the XXIth century before GIS applications take more spaces in the analysis of archaeological data. Also, since the last ten or fifteen years, most universities with an archaeological program offers courses in ‘geomatic’ applications. But what happens with all this scholarship on the field of real life?Unfortunately, the use of ‘new’ technologies doesn’t match with the applied practice in the province of Quebec, where archaeological contracts are gained with the lowest tenderer. So, to promote new methods, contractual archeologists must develop techniques that can be put in place for the same price. Methods discused here can can be use for analysis of different scales. This paper wants to show a small stone on a great wall, by comparing results obtained by the traditional way and with GIS analysis of the same remains. It appears that with a good workflow, from field to office, it is possible to obtain more than with similar effort in the traditional way.

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Databases and GIS tools : Analysis of Archeological Remains. Yanik Blouin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436934)

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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