Anthropology, Space, and Geographic Information Systems

Hardcover | July 18, 1996

EditorMark Aldenderfer, Herbert D. G. Maschner

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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 beensuccessfully 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 garmentindustry, 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, paleoanthropology, and physical anthropology. The work will be of much interest within all these communities.

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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...

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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 beensuccessfully deployed to pursue research previously ...

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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...

Mark Aldenderfer is at University of California, Santa Barbara. Herbert D. G. Maschner is at University of Wisconsin.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:July 18, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. M. Aldenderfer: Quantitative Anthropology, Space, and Geographical Information Systems2. W.M. Loker: Land Degradation in the Peruvian Amazon: Applying GIS in Human Ecology Research3. C.G. Arnold and R.P. Appelbaum: The Use of GIS to Measure Spatial Patterns of Ethnic Firms in the Los Angeles Garment Industry4. C.A. Behrens: A Formal Justification for the Application of GIS to the Cultural Ecological Analysis of Land Use Intensification and Deforestation in the Amazon5. Susan Stonich: Integrating Socioeconomic and Geographic Information Systems: A Methodology for Rural Development and Agricultural Policy Design6. K. McGwire, N.A. Chagnon, and C.B. Carias: Empirical and Methodological Problems in Developing a GIS Database for Yanomano Tribesmen Located in Remote Areas7. C.Van West and T.A. Kohler: A Time to Rend, A Time to Sew: New Perspectives on Northern Anasazi Sociopolitical Development in Late Prehistory8. V. Gaffney, Z. Stancic, and H. Watson: Moving from Catchments to Cognition: Tentative Steps Towards a Larger Archaeological Context for GIS9. A.J. Ruggles and R.L. Church: An Analysis of Late-Horizon Settlement Patterns in the Teotihuacan-Temascalapa Basins: A Location-Allocation and GIS Based Approach10. H.D.G. Maschner: The Politics of Settlement Choice on the Northwest Coast: Cognition, GIS, and Coastal Landscapes11. C.B. Bosqued, J.B. Preysler, and J. Espiago: The Role of GIS in the Management of Archaeological Data: An Example of Application for the Spanish Administration12. R. Potts, T. Jorstad, and D. Cole: The Role of GIS in the Interdisciplinary Investigations at Olorgesailie, Kenya, a Pleistocene Archaeological Locality13. G.R. Lock and T.M. Harris: Danebury Revisited: An English Iron Age Hillfort in a Digital Landscape14. M.F. Goodchild: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences

From Our Editors

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 communities.

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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