ANTH 2532 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN GIS: ANALYSIS OF REGIONS AND RESOURCES
This course takes a problem-oriented approach to the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and related tools in archaeology. We will cover concepts, case studies, theoretical issues, and analytic techniques useful for addressing particular kinds of questions about the relationships among archaeological sites and between people and the land they inhabited. Topics include catchments and resource use, travel and transport over terrain, visibility, hydrology, locational modeling, and networks and spatial syntax. Students may choose to participate in an optional lab component on ESRI ArcGIS software or to work with Idrissi and AutoCAD. It is expected that students will have taken Archaeological Data Analysis II and be familiar with techniques for the acquisition and management of spatial data, the use of vector graphics, rasters (including map algebra), and spatial statistics. The course pairs well with ANTH 2541(Regional Settlement, Communities, and Demography), and students are encouraged to take the courses sequentially.