The Importance of Spatial Data to Open-Access National Archaeological Databases and the Development of Paleodemography Research

Erick Robinson, Christopher Nicholson, Robert L. Kelly

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Abstract

With generous support from the National Science Foundation, we have spent the past four years developing an archaeological radiocarbon database for the United States. Here, we highlight the importance of spatial data for open-access, national-scale archaeological databases and the development of paleodemography research. We propose a new method for analyzing radiocarbon time series in the context of paleoclimate models. This method forces us to confront one of the central challenges to realizing the full potential of national-scale databases: the quality of the spatial data accompanying radiocarbon dates. We seek to open a national discussion on the use of spatial data in open-source archaeological databases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-408
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Archaeological Practice
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Big Data
  • GIS
  • Open Science
  • dates as data
  • open access
  • paleoclimate modeling
  • paleodemography
  • radiocarbon data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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