GIS from the Ground Up: Introducing Geospatial Tools for Archaeological Research

In this virtual seminar series, international practitioners presented on a different GIS technique each week and discussed how it contributes to their archaeological or cultural heritage research in a variety of contexts and periods. The aim of each presentation has been to introduce scholars unfamiliar with geospatial methods to the “anatomy” of a GIS-focused research project and elements of GIS research design through real world case studies.

Accompanying each talk were links to resources discussed in each seminar (e.g., related data sources, tutorials, research articles, etc.). Most importantly, the series will be used as a foundation for a South Caucasus “community of practice” in GIS that can foster ongoing conversations, data sharing, networking, and mentoring around geospatial methods in heritage resource fields.

The virtual seminar series will culminate in an in-person, hands-on workshop in Tbilisi planned for 2022, where invited participants will put theory into practice and make progress on their own GIS skillsets.

This series is co-hosted by American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA), and National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia. Funding for this series is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Using Historical Imagery, Maps and Legacy Data to Guide Field Survey: Case Studies from the Dariali and Lagodekhi Surveys in Georgia

Dr. Kristen Hopper, Durham University, 21 October 2021

Suitability Analysis with Data on Human-Environment Interactions

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan, Florida International University, 28 October 2021

The EAMENA Methodology: Arches, Remote Sensing, GIS and Archaeological Change Detection

Dr. William Deadman, Durham University, 4 November 2021

Landscape-Scale Analysis using Least-Cost Paths

Dr. Emily Hammer, University of Pennsylvania, 11 November 2021

GIS for Managing and Protecting Cultural Heritage Resources

Dr. Giorgi Khaburzania, National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, 18 November 2021

Mobile GIS: Collecting GIS Data on Archaeological Survey

Dr. Ian Lindsay, Purdue University, 2 December 2021

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