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Data points or cultural entities [electronic resource] : a GIS-based archaeological predictive model in a post-positivist framework /

by Rouse, L. Jesse

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Data Points or Cultural Entities: a GIS-based archaeological predictive model in a post-positivist framework L. Jesse Rouse Archaeological predictive models have been used in conjunction with sampling strategies, in large scale archaeological surveys, for over thirty years. During this time, these models have undergone many conceptual and theoretical changes. Archaeological predictive models stemmed from the positivist Processual Archaeology, but the shift from positivism has precipitated the need to reconsider the ideas from which they are based. There is a general trend within the current spectrum of ideologies to support the importance of cultural information in archaeological research. The following research contends that cultural information has not been utilized to its full extent in archaeological models and that cultural landscapes and sites should not be treated as data points, but instead as cultural entities that are representative of a rich archaeological record. iii
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School:West Virginia University

School Location:USA - West Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archaeology geographic information systems

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