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Hadrian’s Wall: A Fresh Data Model for an Ancient Landscape?

Authors: Laura Kaufmann*, Independent Researcher
Topics: Historical Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Landscape
Keywords: Archaeology, Data Modeling, Digital Geographies
Session Type: Paper
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Hadrian’s Wall in northern England has been many things: a Roman military-style fortification, a medieval navigational landmark, and a modern tourist attraction. As a site of active excavation and visitation, archaeologists, cultural heritage experts, government officials, tourism professionals, and even local residents are all interested in managing information pertaining to the region. However, there has been no published data model that adequately addresses the diverse stakeholder needs. While the built environment is a complex patchwork of earthen ditches, stone construction, and forts of varying sizes, the key features - the general path of the wall and the modern hiking trails - are inherently linear. This presentation attempts to identify the benefits and challenges of applying linear referencing technology to managing certain central aspects of such a dynamic and multidimensional landscape.

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