Case Studies in Archaeological Predictive Modeling by Philip Verhagen

By Philip Verhagen

Dutch archaeology has skilled profound adjustments in recent times. This has resulted in an expanding use of archaeological predictive modelling, a method that makes use of information regarding the site of identified early human settlements to foretell the place extra settlements can have been positioned. Case reviews in Archaeological Predictive Modelling is the made of a decade of labor via Philip Verhagen as a consultant in geographical info platforms at RAAP Archeologisch Adviesbureau BV, one of many top enterprises within the box; the case reviews provided right here offer an outline of the sector and element to power destiny parts of analysis.

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Because of this landscape dynamic many archaeological remains are known to be buried below the current surface, especially in the alluvial plain of the Rhône. The purpose of this study is to show that the use of the 1 This paper also appeared in Z. i? and T. ), 2001: Computing Archaeology for Understanding the Past. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology CAA2000. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 931. Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 219-231. Most of the tables do not appear in this publication, and have been added to this version.

However, augering and digging trenches are relatively expensive forms of survey, which are not usually available to amateurs, and even professional archaeologists will not use these forms of survey unless there is a clear necessity. In practice, this means that in most archaeological site databases the number of buried sites will be underestimated. Furthermore, when the size of the area actually surveyed is not known, it means we do not know where there are no sites, which is equally important for the statistical analysis of site location preference.

Soils in the area are not very well developed. The sables verts will weather to a yellowish-brown sandy clay that is sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Argiles du Gault. The Calcaires du Barrois weather to a brown clay, but it may be strongly eroded on steep slopes. Weathered Gaize has not been found in the area, the sandstones are usually covered by a shallow, dark brown, sandy topsoil. Soil erosion is an important phenomenon in the area. The augering campaigns revealed downhill accumulations of colluvial deposits in many places, and often these could be dated to post-Roman times.

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