Thursday, March 30, 2:30-3:45 pm
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Spatial Patterns, Spatial Evidence: GIS and Archaeology
With the promotion of what spatial humanists call “deep maps,” historians are provided tools for charting what is amendable and excluded from any geographic purview, allowing them to look beyond what is memorable and concrete (Bodenhamer et al. 2015; Bodenhamer et al. 2013; Guldi 2014). Advanced spatial technologies afforded by multilayered geographic information systems (GIS) are growing in popularity, not only enabling the animated reproduction of ancient sites but also allowing complex maps to show cultural reflexivity through the representation of “personalities, emotions, values, and poetics, the visible and invisible aspects of a place” (Bodenhamer et al. 2013, 172). Ideally, what results are historical narratives that are more fluid than finite, reflecting complex events or actions at any scale.
Yet the convergence of GIS with specific kinds of historical activities creates a representational challenge of humanistic proportions. Beyond the questions of cultural precision and representational accuracy, how can using certain GIS technologies do more than validate a single research agenda? How does geovisualization enable or constrain our ability to interrogate its appropriateness for intellectual work? What assumptions does GIS-enabled archaeology make about the viability of locational data, and about how historians should access or interpret it? Digital Scholars is pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Craft, postdoctoral fellow in Classics at FSU, to facilitate discussion on these questions and to present on her work. Since 2013, Dr. Craft has been actively proposing and developing landscape archaeology projects in different regions of the world, with a special eye toward methodological critique.
Participants are invited to read the following in advance of our meeting:
- Lock, Gary. “Representations of Space and Place in the Humanities.” The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship, eds. Bodenhamer, Corrigan, Harris. Indiana UP, 2010. [stable copy available in Bb]
- Gupta, Neha and Rodolphe Devillers. “Geographic Visualization in Archaeology.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2016): 1-34.
- Llobera, Marcos. “Life on a Pixel: Challenges in the Development of Digital Methods Within an ‘Interpretive’ Landscape Archaeology Framework.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 19.4 (2012): 495-509.
- Knowles, Anne Kelly, et al. “Inductive Visualization: A Humanistic Alternative to GIS.” GeoHumanities 1.2 (2015): 233-265.
- Guldi, Jo. “What Is the Spatial Turn?” Spatial Humanities Project (UVA Scholars’ Lab)
and to browse the following projects:
- Ancient World Mapping Center (AWPC)
- the related Antiquity-a-la-Carte application
- Pleiades Project
- ORBIS Project
All are welcome! We hope you can join us,