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Spatial analysis for archaeology

The main focus of this research task lies on the integration of the interpreted prospection data into archaeological analysis. The integrated archaeological interpretation of case studies and existing databases of the partners form the foundation for the development and application of appropriate spatial analysis algorithms for archaeology.

This requires the definition of specifications for the respective tools that are to be implemented within ‘ArchaeoAnalyst’, specifications for already existing concepts permitting the integration of social aspects of human behaviour into GIS analysis (territorial behaviour, concepts of movement, site location, etc.), using various techniques of complex visibility analysis, topographic prominence, cost-surfaces and the like. For this purpose, a review on the state-of-the-art in spatial archaeology has been conducted. Additionally, new concepts and tools that permit the integration of structural information from the interpreted prospection results are developed and empirically tested within the case studies.