Archaeological Interpretation, Spatial Analysis & Virtual Archaeology
Complex datasets demand adequate integrated archaeological interpretation and the development of novel concepts for dynamic analysis of archaeological landscapes, including temporal relations and further attributes.
Together with the newly acquired datasets, the pre-existing data archives of the LBI ArchPro partners demand adequate data management, data fusion and appropriate archaeological interpretation.
The main challenge of this LBI ArchPro research task is the transformation of the acquired and processed complex physical data from remote sensing and geophysical prospection into interpretative archaeological information that is accurate, readable and ready to use for other archaeologists in order to derive and integrate spatial and temporal information.
Both integrated interpretation of the data and spatial analysis for landscape archaeology, involve the development of appropriate spatial analysis algorithms for landscape archaeology and their application within the case studies. Such fundamental research will lead to the specification and implementation of general purpose tools for the spatial analysis applied to archaeological landscapes based on GIS technology. The specification of the individual GIS tools is derived empirically from the prospection experts’ interpretation process, which is simplified to an integrated, easy-to-use, multi-purpose toolbox within the ‘ArchaeoAnalyst’ software solution, providing a common graphical interface for the communication between the prospection experts and the archaeologists experienced in specific spatial or temporal aspects of the landscape under research.
The empirical development of the ‘ArcheoAnalyst’ software is broken down into technical and methodological developments in parallel and their applications within the international case studies. These development steps are the setup of dynamic GIS-based data archiving and analysis system; the integrated archaeological interpretation of data; Spatial analysis for archaeology; the development of virtual reality tools for archaeological interpretation and the development of multi-scale data capturing for VR archaeological heritage representations.