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Using 3D GIS Platforms to Analyse and Interpret the Past

Dell'Unto, Nicolo LU (2016) In Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology p.305-322
Abstract
The diffusion of digital technologies has strongly affected the way scholars and researchers use and perceive the archaeological information detected during the field investigation process. Archaeologists are still only beginning to realize the full potential of these applications beyond the attraction of providing visually engaging documentation and focus on the analytical and interpretive power. Today, digital instruments are used in archaeology at any level, and their employment increases the possibilities to document and visualize the information detected during investigation campaigns. In particular, the recent development of powerful visualization platforms, such as virtual reality or the three-dimensional Geographic Information... (More)
The diffusion of digital technologies has strongly affected the way scholars and researchers use and perceive the archaeological information detected during the field investigation process. Archaeologists are still only beginning to realize the full potential of these applications beyond the attraction of providing visually engaging documentation and focus on the analytical and interpretive power. Today, digital instruments are used in archaeology at any level, and their employment increases the possibilities to document and visualize the information detected during investigation campaigns. In particular, the recent development of powerful visualization platforms, such as virtual reality or the three-dimensional Geographic Information System (3DGIS), and the introduction and diffusion of digital acquisition tools have provided the opportunity to fully visualize and study in three dimensions (3D) the spatial and temporal relations between the fragmented information detected on-site.
The combination of these technologies and the construction of more and more functional field workflows of data acquisition allow for defining new solutions to manage and analyse large three-dimensional data sets of archaeological information, opening new discussions concerning the theoretical and methodological implications connected with the introduction of these new approaches in the field, and highlighting archaeological information previously impossible to detect.
These new and non-conventional field documentation strategies give new possibilities and dimensions on how to approach the material and inevitably provide archaeologists with the opportunity to formulate new research questions. This chapter will discuss how the development and use of such new simulation systems are affecting the way archaeologists retrieve and analyse material detected in the field in support of more accurate archaeological interpretations. (Less)
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3D GIS, GIS, Archaeological Practice, Archaeological Methods and Theory.
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Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology
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Forte, Maurizio; Campana, Stefano; and
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17 pages
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Springer
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2199-0956
2199-0964
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978-3-319-40656-5
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10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_14
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3D GIS: a Research Platform for the Development of New Research Methodologies for the Documentation and Analysis of Archaeological Sites.
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English
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  author       = {Dell'Unto, Nicolo},
  editor       = {Forte, Maurizio and Campana, Stefano},
  isbn         = {978-3-319-40656-5},
  issn         = {2199-0956},
  keyword      = {3D GIS,GIS,Archaeological Practice,Archaeological Methods and Theory.},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {305--322},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology},
  title        = {Using 3D GIS Platforms to Analyse and Interpret the Past},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_14},
  year         = {2016},
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