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Citation:Schmidt, Patrick; Märker, Michael (2010): Spatial assessment of early human expansions using ROAD: an example from Southern Africa. Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln - Kölner Geographische Arbeiten. DOI: 10.5880/TR32DB.KGA90.18
Title(s):Main Title: Spatial assessment of early human expansions using ROAD: an example from Southern Africa
Description(s):Abstract: In this paper we present a concept for the storage, exchange, presentation, and analysis of geospatial, environmental, and archaeological data with the aim to study and assess the dynamics of early human expansion. We present geographic information systems (GIS), database solutions and web based technologies for handling and processing archaeological and physiographic information. The project deals with a range of variables and file formats from the fields of geology, geomorphology, paleontology, and archaeology presented in vector, raster, and text formats. In order to demonstrate the possibilities of the ROCEEH Out of Africa Database (ROAD), this study presents a unique set of archaeological information sampled from a period between 3Ma and 20Ka covering the region of Southern Africa. The data includes site locations, their geology, and most important, the archaeological, paleo-biological, and climatic data that are accessed for these different locations. To help explaining the spatial distribution of archaeological and paleontological sites, detailed topographic information was provided at scales of 5m, 10m, 25m, 90m, and 1km based on aerial photography, ASTER, and SRTM elevation data. Moreover, bathymetry was provided at a resolution of 1km. Combining these data sets, we show the first spatial and conceptual analysis of the data using ROAD. The results of different research questions show the potential of these methods and give some perspectives for future applications.
Series Information: Proceedings of the Data Management Workshop, 29-30 October 2009, University of Cologne, Germany, Kölner Geographische Arbeiten, 90, pp. 113-117
Contributor(s):Editor: Curdt, Constanze, University of Cologne
Editor: Bareth, Georg, University of Cologne
Data Manager: Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 32, Meteorological Institute, University of Bonn
Hosting Institution: University of Cologne, Regional Computing Centre (RRZK)
Subject(s):CRC/TR32 Keywords: Geodata, Database, Interdisciplinary Project, Data Management
Related Identifier(s):Is Part Of: ISBN: 0454-1294
Resource Type:Text/Workshop paper
Size(s):1400 Kilobytes
5 Pages
Licence:Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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Contact:Constanze Curdt

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