Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Pixelated Past: Predictive Models and Prehistoric Pathways of the Middle Neolithic in Central Germany
by Wiley, Kevin Lang, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2015, 354; 3683107
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation presents the results of a pedestrian field survey in the microregion around the Middle Neolithic Goseck rondel. Predictive models created in GIS were tested against archaeological material gathered through the survey. A previously unknown Stroke Ornamented Pottery site was located through this fieldwork. Predictive models for rondel sites were also created, and a satellite survey located two previously unknown rondel candidate sites. Spatial analyses were conducted in GIS to compare settlement structure diachronically through the Middle Neolithic. Included in these analyses was the creation of transportation networks for each of three Middle Neolithic cultures. This research begins to fill in the vast empty spaces between site points through analysis of embodied pathways that bind these places together. A set of spatial analyses were used to test if an archaeological site may have been subjected to a spatial taboo. This approach represents a new line of research into the archaeology of social memory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zubrow, Ezra
Commitee: Chevral, Timothy, Milisauskas, Sarunas
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: GIS, Landscape archaeology, Neolithic, Social memory, Spatial analysis
Publication Number: 3683107
ISBN: 978-1-321-57054-0
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