Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Probability Model for Archaeological Site Location, A Case Study on O‘ahu Island, Hawai‘I
by Gilda, Laura L., M.A., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2019, 74; 13880402
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this research was to create and implement a locational probability model to identify activity areas utilized by past populations that could still contain remnant or intact cultural resources in unsurveyed areas. Consideration of human behavior, observable patterns of land use, and observable landscape modifications can contribute to locations of culturally utilized locations and areas. A wider perspective could provide a more reliable landscape analysis and interpretation of a wider range of features. A successful model would benefit decision making for land use management, development, cultural resources management (CRM), and preservation. With today’s environmental funds reducing and the increase of construction and expansion, identification of archaeological and cultural resources is necessary in the remaining unsurveyed areas to establish baseline information required for informed management decisions and long-term stewardship (Zeidler 1995).

The goal was to determine the most useful environmental factors for identifying probability areas that accurately predict utilized or underutilized areas across the landscape and incorporate them into a probability model as applied for land and resource management using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), StatView, R, and MATLAB. For this study, previously identified cultural resource data on O‘ahu USAG-HI controlled lands served as a case sample.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Qi
Commitee: Bayman, James M., Qiang, Yi
School: University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Hawaii
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Cultural Resources Management, Archaeology
Keywords: Cultural resources management, Environmental Attributes, GIS, Likelihood, Hawaii, O'ahu Island
Publication Number: 13880402
ISBN: 9781085594486
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