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Identification of painted rock-shelter sites using GIS integrated with a decision support system and fuzzy logic

Identification of painted rock-shelter sites using GIS integrated with a decision support system and fuzzy logic
Identification of painted rock-shelter sites using GIS integrated with a decision support system and fuzzy logic

The conservation and protection of painted rock shelters is an important issue. Throughout the world, if unprotected, they are vulnerable to vandalism or to industrial activities such as quarrying. This research explores the integrated use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) with a multi-criteria decision support system and fuzzy logic to identify possible rock art sites over the Vindhyan Plateau in the district of Mirzapur, Central India. The methodology proposed compares results obtained by spatial modelling with validation data derived from recent exhaustive field surveys of more than forty newly discovered rock-shelters in the Vindhyan region. The zones obtained by predictive modelling are in agreement with validation datasets and show that the method can be used for new site prospection. This method represents a potential tool for landscape planners and policy makers to employ when seeking protection from anthropogenic activities of potential areas of painted rock-shelter sites and archaeological deposits.

Archaeology, Central India, Fuzzy logic, GIS, Predictivemodelling, Rock art, Site characterisation
2220-9964
1-20
Banerjee, Ruman
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Srivastava, Prashant K.
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Pike, A. W.G.
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Petropoulos, George P.
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Banerjee, Ruman
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Srivastava, Prashant K.
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Pike, A. W.G.
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Petropoulos, George P.
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Banerjee, Ruman, Srivastava, Prashant K., Pike, A. W.G. and Petropoulos, George P. (2018) Identification of painted rock-shelter sites using GIS integrated with a decision support system and fuzzy logic. International Journal of Geo-Information, 7 (8), 1-20. (doi:10.3390/ijgi7080326).

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Abstract

The conservation and protection of painted rock shelters is an important issue. Throughout the world, if unprotected, they are vulnerable to vandalism or to industrial activities such as quarrying. This research explores the integrated use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) with a multi-criteria decision support system and fuzzy logic to identify possible rock art sites over the Vindhyan Plateau in the district of Mirzapur, Central India. The methodology proposed compares results obtained by spatial modelling with validation data derived from recent exhaustive field surveys of more than forty newly discovered rock-shelters in the Vindhyan region. The zones obtained by predictive modelling are in agreement with validation datasets and show that the method can be used for new site prospection. This method represents a potential tool for landscape planners and policy makers to employ when seeking protection from anthropogenic activities of potential areas of painted rock-shelter sites and archaeological deposits.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 August 2018
Published date: August 2018
Keywords: Archaeology, Central India, Fuzzy logic, GIS, Predictivemodelling, Rock art, Site characterisation

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Local EPrints ID: 424392
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424392
ISSN: 2220-9964
PURE UUID: 4a426606-364f-42b2-a561-ae4ef19c41e8

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 11:36
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 18:06

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