Experiential GIS: Investigating Computer Applications in Subject-Centered Archaeology


Robert Rice

Date of Award


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Archival Copy

First Advisor

Ben Alberti


Archaeological landscape phenomenology and Geographic Information Systems may seem like two methodological approaches that are incompatible with each other. Phenomenology is rooted in human experience, how a subject might have viewed (or does view) his or her landscape, and how these views may have shaped actions. Geographic information systems (hereafter GIS), seemingly, takes humanity out of the interpretive picture, relying on computer applications to compute and analyze quantitative information. This research examines the ways in which GIS can augment phenomenological interpretation, and the various positions that surround the issue.

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