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Seeing is not believing: unresolved issues in archaeological visibility analysis

Seeing is not believing: unresolved issues in archaeological visibility analysis
Seeing is not believing: unresolved issues in archaeological visibility analysis
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).
archaeology, GIS, Geographic Information Systems, methodology, viewshed, visibility analysis, cumulative viewshed analysis
9289408537
25-36
Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Gillings, M.
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Wheatley, D.
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Slapšak, Bozidar
Gillings, M.
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Wheatley, D.
58266ad0-4ea1-4b1b-a8c3-9fd902931828
Slapšak, Bozidar

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 (18/12/98 - 22/12/98) Luxembourg. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 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).

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Published date: 2001
Venue - Dates: Proceedings of the COST G2 Working Group 2 round table, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1998-12-18 - 1998-12-22
Keywords: archaeology, GIS, Geographic Information Systems, methodology, viewshed, visibility analysis, cumulative viewshed analysis

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Local EPrints ID: 28803
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/28803
ISBN: 9289408537
PURE UUID: 493a1954-9696-46ef-b189-75a13cd264a0

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Date deposited: 09 May 2006
Last modified: 22 Jul 2020 16:50

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Author: M. Gillings
Author: D. Wheatley
Editor: Bozidar Slapšak

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