Toss away your preconceived notions of the stereotypical archaeologist – today’s artifact sleuths are harnessing a cutting-edge geospatial technology – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – to identify, document, and better understand ancient cultures from around the world. Objects from thousands of years ago, buried in the dirt, are now being discovered and examined in new ways with the help of a technology most often associated with modern highways and byways!
It’s the perfect marriage of research and technology – something old and something new. Humans exist in space and over time, so what’s better to locate remnants of ancient cultures than GIS technologies?
If you want to learn more, check out books on GIS applications in archaeology and books on methodologies in archaeology, in general. We also have a great GIS & Maps library guide – and while you’re in the vicinity, try other research guides like Anthropology, Classics, and Near Eastern Studies.