Frank Hardisty presenting at the Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology

GeoVISTA Assistant Director Frank Hardisty will travel to Florence, Italy next week to present a paper at the 16th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology. His abstract is below.

Geographic Visualization of Archeological Sites: a Cisjordanian Example

Archeological data is typified by complex data with spatial and temporal referents. However, it is often not clear how archeological data may be analyzed, and particularly, how it may be explored to discover new hypotheses. Geographic visualization provides a promising mode of inquiry into archeological questions, because the techniques of geographic visualization provide a means of interactively investigating complex phenomena with geospatial referents. Geographic visualization is distinct from GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in that it emphasizes interactivity and multiple complex views on the data of interest. We provide a worked example for how geographic visualization might serve archeology, using a publicly available dataset on all officially licensed archeological work in Cisjordan (also known as the West Bank) from 1968 to 2007. This data set from Tel Aviv University contains information on 6,050 surveys and 980 excavations. We show how geographic visualization methods can help uncover previously unknown relationships among sites, site components, historical periods, and geographic areas.

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