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Dynamiska kartor för landskapsforskning i informationsåldern: En GIS-baserad studie av Västmanlands järnålder
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6091-3966
2008 (Swedish)In: Kartan i forskningens tjänst: Symposieföredrag utgivna av Lars-Erik Edlund, Anne-Sofie Gräslund & Birgitta Svensson / [ed] Lars-Erik Edlund, Anne-Sofie Gräslund & Birgitta Svensson, Uppsala: Textgruppen i Uppsala AB , 2008, 145-157 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

With the presence of GIS technology today, there are increased opportunities for landscape research by combining different datasets in an analysis. Archaeology as a discipline has always depended upon the ability to handle spatial relationships, and thus has great use for GIS. In Sweden there is much data available in digital format, which makes it possible to do research on large amounts of material without the time consuming process of first digitising everything that needs to be included in the study. The potential of this line of investigation is demonstrated through an example of how GIS has been used to calculate watersheds in the district of Västmanland and comparing these to the medieval administrative unit, the hundare. This study suggests that the hundare might have developed from natural regions formed around watersheds, since water had a uniting function that tied territories together through a communication network. The same relationships between regions and watersheds can be seen throughout the world.

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Uppsala: Textgruppen i Uppsala AB , 2008. 145-157 p.
Acta Academiae Regiae Gustavi Adolphi, ISSN 0065-0897
Keyword [en]
landscape archaeology, databases, GIS, territories, hundred, watersheds
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-111005ISBN: 978-91-85352-77-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-111005DiVA: diva2:279118
Available from: 2009-12-01 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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