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Title: The application of geographic information systems to archaeological intra-site recording and analysis : a case study of the Kissonerga Chalcolithic Site, Cyprus
Author: Papailiopoulos, Dimitris G.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The present thesis intends to offer a methodological approach to the application of Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology. The aim is to focus this application on single site excavations and provide a fully integrated system which is capable of storing and processing the archaeological data from the beginning of the excavation to its final publication. A comprehensive review of the history and development of the main GIS applications in archaeology is provided in chapter I. Chapter II is a concise presentation of the site of Kissonerga, Cyprus where the system was implemented. Chapter III includes an overview of the concepts around which the system was built as well as the system's levels of operations. Chapter IV discusses the construction of the database structure which stores and manipulates the primary archaeological data. Chapter V provides the methodology for the capture of the site plans in digital form. The methods for analyzing the archaeological information with the aid of a GIS are presented in chapter VI. The main effort has been placed in linking the GIS with the database for the efficient exchange of information in an integrating fashion. The ultimate aim of each excavation project is to publish the results of its activities. Therefore, chapter VII discusses a number of ways in which computer systems can assist the task. Finally, chapter VIII offers a critical appraisal of the system as well as some suggestions for its improvement in the future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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