archaeology

LiDAR reveals the underlying history of a landscape. Image from Kate Johnson.

Using GIS in Landscape Archaeology

Mark Altaweel

Landscape archaeology is a discipline where space is critical to understanding ancient settlements and human use of ancient space. The use of GIS is steadily growing as a tool in this field.

Map showing the predicted distribution model of Ashokan edicts on the basis of geology, population, climate and topography.

UCLA Researchers are Using Geospatial Technologies to Identify Potential Ancient Buddhist Sites

Elizabeth Borneman

Archaeologist Monica Smith and geographer Thomas Gillespie identified 121 locations that they hope will reveal some of Ashoka’s edicts using GIS analys

Verifying Ancient Roman History with GIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Tom Whitley, an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia (UWA), used GIS to test population estimates and patterns of migration and war to see how the historical aspects known about the Gallic Wars measures up to geophysical evidence.

Finding Lost Pyramids with Satellite Imagery

Caitlin Dempsey

An Egyptologist analyzed satellite imagery to identify over 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs, and 3,000 ancient settlements previously unknown.