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GIS and Archaeology

Web Resources | Projects | Books

Web Resources

Metasites - links to newsletters, projects, and papers

Academic Resources

Other Resources (Data services, Blogs, Web sites)

  • ADS: Archaeology Data Service
    A service that provides free, rich data for the United Kingdom and Ireland. The site also includes links to journals, bibliographies, practice modules, and reference works.
  • Cultural Resources Mapping & GIS Services: National Park Service
    A site explaining the use of GIS and GPS in the National Park Service. Over 90 Civil War battlefields have been mapped so far.
  • Digging Digitally
    A weblog "for archaeology and the Internet, & semi-official news of the SAA Digital Data Interest Group."
  • ECAI: Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
    ECAI is a global consortium of scholars interested in visualizing human culture through time using GIS technology. The Web site includes links to dozens of projects, a dynamic map catalog, useful technology such as TimeMap, and information about joining the group.
  • ESRI and Archaeology
    ESRI's archaeology page includes relevant books, back issues of their Archaeology Newsletter, and a list of resources.
  • GIS for Achaeology and CRM
    A blog devoted to "all aspects of geospatial data and technology, particularly where it applies to archaeology and cultural resource management."
  • Online Archaeology
    A site out of the United Kingdom with books, articles, and links to information of interest to archaeologists. Includes a link to IT and Archaeology with a section on GIS.

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Landscape Research Centre (LRC)

Landscape Research Centre (LRC) uses their own GDMS package, and have produced one of the most rounded digital archives in the UK. The archive incorporates multi resolution Aerial and Satellite imagery, geophysical data, 3D site data and GIS layers.

GIS and Remote Sensing for Archaeology: Burgundy, France

The research team involved in this project is using an integrative approached called historical ecology, “the multi-scalar analysis of the interaction of different cultures and the environment over time.” The group includes archaeologists, historians, ecologists, anthropologists, geologists, art historians, ethnographers, and linguists.

Grave Creek Mound: An Internet GIS Project

This site includes maps, photographs, moving images, text, and dynamic imagery developed with virtual GIS.


FastiOnline is a database of archaeological excavations since the year 2000. The focus is on Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Croatia, Albania, and Slovenia.

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  1. Beyond the Map: Archaeology and Spatial Technologies. Lock, G. (ed), 2000.
  2. Between Dirt and Discussion: Methods, Methodology, and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology. Archer, S.N. and Bartoy, K.M. (eds.), 2006.
  3. GIS and Archaeological Site Location Modeling. Mehrer, M., 2005.
  4. Interpreting Space: GIS and Archaeology. Allen, K.M., et al. (eds.), 1990.
  5. Landscape Archaeology and GIS. Chapman, H., 2006.
  6. Mapping the Future of America's National Parks: Stewardship Through Geographic Information Systems, Henry, M. and Armstrong, L., 2004.
  7. Practical Applications of GIS for Archaeologists: A Predictive Modeling Toolkit. Wescott, K.L. and R.J. Brandon (eds.), 2000.
  8. Spatial Technology and Archaeology. Wheatley, D. and M. Gillings. 2002.
  9. Virtual Reality in Geography. Fisher, P. and D. Unwin. 2002.

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