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Thursday, March 29 • 11:15am - 6:15pm
14 - GIS Implementation in Preventive Archaeology: Process for an Epipaleolithic Site (Lyon, F), Methods and Results

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On the field, GIS is used to record archaeological data, to organize the excavation, and also to create a spatial database for scientific purpose. GIS is essential for spatial analysis in archaeology.

This paper explains methods and results from the GIS implementation applied on an epipaleolithic site located on the fluvial plain of Vaise in the french city of Lyon. This work is included in GIS development program of the french National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap).

The excavation (1900m²) is characterised by a succession of layers, from the end of the paleolithic period to the Middle Ages. The discovery of epipaleolithic remains is a great scientific issue, since they are the earliest human evidence in the Lyon area. This unexpected discovery in an intricate stratigraphy required the use of GIS. It was the first time that such a process was applied in this geographical area to study a prehistorically settlement

This process is introduced by two dynamical steps - field and post-studies - inducing new exchanges between several members of the archeological team from data acquisition (microtopography, database piling, photography) to spatial analysis (projections and sections for stratigraphy, artefacts mapping, statistics).


Bertrand Moulin

National Research Institut of Preventive Archéology

Thursday March 29, 2012 11:15am - 6:15pm BST
Building 65, 1173 Streamed into room 1093

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