Seeing is not believing: unresolved issues in archaeological visibility analysis
Gillings, M. and Wheatley, D. (2001) Seeing is not believing: unresolved issues in archaeological visibility analysis. In, Slapšak, Bozidar (ed.) On the good use of geographical information systems in archaeological landscape studies. Proceedings of the COST G2 Working Group 2 round table Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 25-36.
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This paper reflects on some of the currently unresolved issues in the formal analysis of visibility and intervisibility in archaeology. It reviews the history and disciplinary context of the analysis of visibility, explains why it is such an important theme in archaeological explanation, reviews recent GIS-based approaches, and identifies some of the unresolved methodological problems with these types of analysis. It is argued that, although recent approaches are valuable and interesting, existing applications have not adequately addressed issues such as viewer-target distance effects, direction of view and temporal changes (such as seasonal or diurnal cycles).
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Keywords:||archaeology, GIS, Geographic Information Systems, methodology, viewshed, visibility analysis, cumulative viewshed analysis|
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
|Date Deposited:||09 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||03 Mar 2012 15:16|
|Contributors:||Gillings, M. (Author)
Wheatley, D. (Author)
Slapšak, Bozidar (Editor)
|Publisher:||Office for Official Publications of the European Communities|
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