Spatial decision support system for archaeological application : a case study for Kaunos archaeological site

Baybaş, Gizem
Geographically located materials are used by the archaeology to analyze and explain the socio-cultural aspects of ancient life. Thus, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have started to be used in archaeology for many applications. Although, cooperation of GIS and archaeology is considered as beneficial, it has become insufficient to meet the requirements of archaeologists about excavation study. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to develop Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) which includes both the GIS tools and analyses and; analytical modeling capabilities in order to satisfy the needs of archaeologists. Moreover, to develop a specialized system for specific archaeological excavation site is aimed. In this study, Kaunos is selected as a case study area and in order to furnish this aim, firstly, needs of archaeologists working in the excavation study of Kaunos are analyzed. Secondly, GIS tools and analyses are determined which meet the requirements of archaeologists. Finally, SDSS for Kaunos Archaeological Excavation Site is developed. It is composed of four components namely; Database Management, Model Management, Dialog Management and Stakeholder Components. Analyses are conducted under the Model Management Component and results are visualized in Dialog Management Component. Result maps help and assist archaeologists in terms of interpreting and examining the socio-cultural, economical and demographical characteristics of Kaunos.


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Citation Formats
G. Baybaş, “Spatial decision support system for archaeological application : a case study for Kaunos archaeological site,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.