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Footprints and Cartwheels on a Pixel Road: On the Applicability of GIS for the Modelling of Ancient (Roman) Routes

AuthorsParcero-Oubiña, César ; Güimil-Fariña, Alejandro ; Fonte, João ; Costa-García, José Manuel
KeywordsRoman roads
Multiple least cost paths
NW Iberian Peninsula
Issue Date2019
CitationFinding the Limits of the Limes: 291-311 (2019)
SeriesComputational Social Sciences
Simulating the Past
AbstractGIS-based digital modelling tools, such as the well-known least cost paths (LCP), have been widely used in archaeology in recent years as ways of approaching forms of mobility in the past. Roman roads are among the best-known examples of ancient networks of paths and have been widely studied using such approaches. In this paper, we shall make a general reflection on the applicability of those tools for the modelling and analysis of ancient routes, with a special focus on Roman roads. Drawing from a case study in the NW Iberian Peninsula, we shall discuss certain aspects related to the potential and limits of Cumulative Costs, LCP and other related tools for the modelling and analysis of ancient roads. We will illustrate how the use of tools which explore potential mobility in less restricted ways can help to overcome some of the limitations of LCP.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04576-0
Identifiersdoi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04576-0
isbn: 978-3-030-04575-3
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