Anthropology, Space, and Geographic Information Systems

Anthropology, Space, and Geographic Information Systems

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Major advances in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been made in both anthropology and archaeology. Yet there have been relatively few published discussions of how GIS can be used to approach and solve complex problems in substantive research. This book will bring together users of GIS in these fields to describe research that was either too difficult - or impossible - to achieve using any other tools. The text will be divided into a general section on theory followed by sections on application in cultural anthropology, archaeology, paleoanthropology, and physical more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160.3 x 236.7 x 25.1mm | 711.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, maps, tables
  • 0195085752
  • 9780195085754
  • 2,024,162

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Major advances in the use of geographic information systems have been made in both anthropology and archaeology. Yet there are few published discussions of these new applications and their use in solving complex problems. This book explores these techniques, showing how they have been successfully deployed to pursue research previously considered too difficult - or impossible - to undertake. Among the projects described here are studies of land degradation in the Peruvian Amazon, settlement patterns in the Pacific northwest, ethnic distribution within the Los Angeles garment industry, and prehistoric sociopolitical development among the Anasazi. Following an introduction that discusses the theory of geographic information systems in relation to anthropological inquiry, the book is divided into sections demonstrating actual applications in cultural anthropology, archaeology, opaleoanthropology, and physical anthropology. The work will be of much interest within all these more

Table of contents

Quantitative Anthropology, Space, and Geographical seformation Systems ; Land Degradation in the Peruvian Amazon: Applying GIS in Human Ecology Research ; The Use of GIS to Measure Spatial Patterns of Ethnic Firms in the Los Angeles Garment Industry ; A Formal Justification for the Application of GIS to the Cultural Ecological Analysis of Land Use Intensification and Deforestation in the Amazon ; Integrating Socioeconomic and Geographic Information Systems: A Methodology for Rural Development and Agricultural Policy Design ; Empirical and Methodological Problems in Developing a GIS Database for Yanamano Tribesmen Located in Remote Areas ; A Time to Rend, A Time to Sew: New Perspectives on Northern Anasazi Sociopolitical Development in Late Prehistory ; Moving from Catchments to Cognition Tentative Steps Towards a Larger Archaeological Context for GIS ; An Analysis of Late-Horizon Settlement Patterns in the Teotihuacan-Temascalapa Basins: A Location-Allocation and GIS Based Approach ; The Politics of Settlement Choice on the Northwest Coast: Cognition, GIS, and Coastal Landscapes ; The Role of GIS in the Management of Archaeological Data: An Example of Application for the Spanish Administration ; The Role of GIS in the Interdisciplinary Investigations at Olorgesailie, Kenya, a Pleistocene Archaeological Locality ; Danebury Revisited: An English Iron Age Hillfort in a Digital Landscape ; Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciencesshow more

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This volume offers something in which almost every anthropologist or archaeologist should be interested...a valuable addition to the anthropological literature on GIS. * Journal of Anthropological Research *show more