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PREDICTIVE GEOSPATIAL MODELING FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION: CASE STUDIES FROM THE GALISTEO BASIN, VERMONT AND CHACO CANYON

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PREDICTIVE GEOSPATIAL MODELING FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION: CASE STUDIES FROM THE GALISTEO BASIN, VERMONT AND CHACO CANYON

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Title: PREDICTIVE GEOSPATIAL MODELING FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION: CASE STUDIES FROM THE GALISTEO BASIN, VERMONT AND CHACO CANYON
Author: Dorshow, Wetherbee Bryan
Advisor(s): Wills, Wirt
Committee Member(s): Crown, Patricia
Prufer, Keith
Wawrzyniec, Tim
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Anthropology
Subject(s): GIS
Geospatial
Archaeology
Predicitive Modeling
Vermont
Galisteo Basin
Chaco Canyon
LiDAR
suitability
prehistoric agriculture
LC Subject(s): Archaeology -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe County
Archaeology -- New Mexico -- Chaco Canyon
Archaeology -- Vermont
Archaeology -- Mathematical models
Archaeology -- Geographic information systems
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Geospatial modeling of ancient landscapes for predictive scientific research and hypothesis testing is an important emerging approach in contemporary archaeology. This doctoral dissertation is comprised of three published North American case studies that clearly demonstrate the value of predictive geospatial modeling to address explicit goals of contemporary archaeological research, conservation and cultural resource management. The case studies consist of a GIS-based prioritization analysis of natural and cultural resources conservation value in the Galisteo Basin of north-central New Mexico, an archaeological sensitivity analysis (site-discovery potential) for the state of Vermont, and a predictive model of agricultural potential during the Bonito Phase (ca. AD 850 to 1150) in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. These studies contribute to the growing reliance on quantitative geospatial modeling in the social sciences.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20814

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