ArchAtlas Journal Archaeological Atlas Project: most recent visual essays 2017-09-20T12:31:39+01:00 en-GB ArchAtlas Steps Toward the Study of Seasonality and Trade Wilkinson Geovisualization and Analysis of <i>Agudas</i>: Natural or Human-made Ponds in the Southern Maya Lowlands Akpinar Ferrand, Benjamin Thomas III, Nicholas P. DunningAguadas, water storage ponds of varying size, have been an understudied aspect of Maya water management systems. Recognizing the origins and functions of aguadas provides a more complete picture of ancient Maya water management strategies. In this study, we analyze aguadas geovisually and geospatially in the southern Maya lowlands. ]]> Networks of interaction in Early Bronze Age Anatolia Massa IDP: Mapping of archaeological sites uncovered in the early twentieth century along the Silk Road Whitfield, Victoria Swift, Alastair Morrison & Sam VanschaikInternational Dunhuang Project aims to reunite this material by making it freely available online. One part of this project includes the mapping of archaeological sites, and the digitisation of data from archaeological data collected by Aurel Stein and other researchers, using tools such as Google Earth to help users to better understand the history of the Tarim Basin and its cultures. ]]> Traversing the Karakum: Approaches to defining trade networks through the desert landscapes of Medieval Central Asia D. Wordsworth The 5th Dynasty Byblos Ship: seaborne communication and exchange in the East Mediterranean in the mid-3rd millennium BC Gallagher The Role of Harbour Towns in the Re-Urbanization of the Northern Levant in the Middle Bronze Age: Perspectives from Cilicia and the Amuq Plain of Hatay Akar The CIERA program and activities: focus on the roads and wayside caravanserais in medieval Syria Tavernari Pathways and highways: routes in Bronze Age Eurasia Wilkinson Introduction to Remote Sensing data for Global Archaeology WilkinsonArchAtlas. ]]> Ancient Near Eastern Route Systems: From the Ground Up J. Wilkinson Unscrambling the 'Uplands': Satellite Imagery and the Homs Basalts PhilipSettlement and Landscape Development in the Homs Region, Syria, that seeks to compare human activity in adjacent but contrasting landscapes in a typical part of western Syria. In this case we focus on an upland landscape, where stone architecture is the expectation. In the traditional literature, most discussion of such areas has concentrated upon the evidence for activity of Graeco-Roman date - the Dead Cities of the Limestone Massif on north-western Syria are an excellent example. However, we have very little knowledge of the evidence for earlier periods. This is, we suspect, because we have little idea of what we should be looking for. ]]> Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in the Near East: Case Studies using CORONA Satellite Photography Ur Remote Sensing in Inaccessible Lands: Plains and preservation along old routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan Petrie Mat Ashur - Land of Ashur. The Plain of Makhmur, Iraq Mühl Virtual globes, geotagging and global landscapes: visualisation and database technologies in the age of the Internet WilkinsonMapping Human History from Space, namely: virtual globes, such as Google Earth and NASA's WorldWind, and their relationship to online archaeological datasets. First, some of technical background to these visualisation programs is explained, especially how they stand in relationship to previous GIS approaches. Issues with the increasing trend within archaeology, to publish site locations and other archaeological information using online databases are raised; and the possibilities and problems for a global archaeological atlas and the integration of multiple databases are explored. Finally the paper touches on the possible future research applications of initiatives which use novel visualisation and integrative databases. ]]> Quantitative approaches to the remote sensing of ancient settlements in the Near East using ASTER and SRTM dataörn MenzeTells, the characteristic settlement mounds of the Near East, are visible remains of the first human settlement system. Often piled up to considerable heights by the debris of millennia of settlement activity, they provide characteristic physical signatures, such as specific elevation profiles or soil changes, which – potentially – can be detected in data available from space-borne sensors. Using methods from pattern recognition and statistical learning, we systematically evaluated digital elevation models and multispectral imagery to provide means for a machine based detection and mapping of these archaeologically relevant settlement sites. ]]> Tellspotting Sherratttell settlements). Such sites were often occupied over many millennia, and some of them grew into major cities during the Bronze Age – though thereafter settlement tended to shift to new locations away from the mounds. These early settlement-mounds form characteristic features of the landscape, and in fact are visible from space. Release of data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in 2000 has provided the opportunity to identify the positions of many known archaeological sites of this type and to recognise others. Tellspotting is now not only an agreeable hobby, but has a high-tech methodology: an invaluable tool in reconstructing settlement-history and a means of inventorizing these outstanding sources of archaeological information. ]]> Sites and Landscapes in 3D (VRML images) Sherratt and Francesco Menotti Culture Areas in Western Eurasia 20,000-3250BC Sherratt East-West Contacts in Eurasia Sherratt The Origins of Farming in South-West Asia Sherratt Contagious Processes Sherratt Portages Sherratt Panoramas Sherratt and Toby Wilkinson