Placemaking in Southwestern Oregon

Author(s): Emily Helmer

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

This study takes a Geographic Information Systems approach to understanding the role of place in determining settlement patterns in southwestern Oregon. Persistent use of settlement locations transforms these spaces to places, or locations where memory and identity become embedded. In order to test how this phenomena influences settlement location, a site suitability model for prehistoric settlement was designed and tested against actual site locations. Rather than relying solely on environmental variables to build this model, site location data was also integrated in order to investigate whether or not proximity to previous settlement locations would increase the likelihood of settling there.

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Placemaking in Southwestern Oregon. Emily Helmer. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449770)

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Abstract Id(s): 23586