Investigating anisotropic influences artifact distributions from an archaeological survey

Authors: David Massey*, Indiana University
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Quantitative Methods
Keywords: geostatistics, archaeology
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Archaeological field survey broadly attempts to provide insight into where humans did things in the past and why. Although the spatial distribution of artifacts recovered from field survey is understood to represent the spatial and temporal average of a variety of post-depositional processes, archaeologists often ignore the anisotropic influences inherent in their datasets making it easier to analyze in a GIS through common geographic methods such as buffers or Voronoi diagrams. This poster uses archaeological field survey data from an archaeological project in Cyprus conducted from 1990-1994 to re-investigate directional trends in data from a 20km2 survey using semivariogram analyses.

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