Spatial Archaeology

This line of research centers on studying spatial aspects of the archaeological record as a consequence of the activities of hominins at sites and in the landscape. It aims to understand, prioritize and integrate archaeological units into social and paleoenvironmental contexts and try to establish predictive models of territorial occupation. Classic methods of prospection and satellite images, Geographic Information Systems and other quantitative methodologies of analysis are applied.

 

 

At the CENIEH, this is also applied to faunal studies, covering two principal approaches. The first is related to refits of bone and dental remains, which is highly informative for understanding whether different areas of activity within a single site were used simultaneously. The second attempts to determine movements and absences of materials due to the action of scavenging carnivores (and other animals) at human settlements, also using neotaphonomic and actualistic observations.