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Geographic information systems in anthropological research

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.03.02  Humanities  Anthropology  Social and cultural anthropology 

Code Science Field
S220  Social sciences  Cultural anthropology, ethnology 
H340  Humanities  Archaeology 
P515  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geodesy 
T181  Technological sciences  Remote sensing 
anthropology, geographical information systems, remote sensing, Mesoamerica, Maya archaeology
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15112  PhD Krištof Oštir  Geodesy  Researcher  2003 - 2005  589 
2.  15688  PhD Tomaž Podobnikar  Geodesy  Researcher  2003 - 2005  613 
3.  18930  PhD Ivan Šprajc  Archaeology  Head  2003 - 2005  495 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,038 
The purpose of the project is to apply geographical information systems and remote sensing in the analysis and interpretation of a large corpus of archaeological field data pertaining to the Maya culture and collected in central parts of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Due to the amount and nature of the available information, and considering the experiences we have already acquired using this methodology, the study is expected to lead to important novel results in the particular field of research, but should also have wider implications, both for the development of specific methods and techniques applicable to anthropological research and for the identification and formulation of the problems that can be most adequately solved through their application. The material to be used in the analyses was collected in four archaeological reconnaissance seasons directed by the Principal Researcher and financially supported by international institutions. The location and surface characteristics of a number of formerly unknown archaeological sites were recorded, samples of surface material were collected and topographic surveys were carried out at major sites. The remains of settlements of different types are largely from the 1st millenium A.D., when the Maya culture attained its peak; the material vestiges observable on the surface are therefore rich and diverse, including architectural structures of different sizes, functions and types, sculpted monuments, some with hieroglyphic inscriptions, and multiple small finds. The problems we intend to solve, using satellite imagery of the area and geographical information systems, concern subsistence activities and land use, communication, sociopolitical organization and dependence of site location on environmental and related economic factors. Since the area has so far been practically unexplored, the expected results should represent a significant contribution to the understanding of the Maya culture in central lowlands of the Yucatan peninsula, and of the nature of relations between this and the neighboring regions.
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