Today’s archaeologists have access to tools that enable them to be more adept in their professions than ever before. With an array of modern technologies ranging from 3D modeling software to GIS and GPS mapping systems, specialists are able to analyze computer generated data before they ever step onto a site. In the American Sentinel University sponsored GIS webinar featuring Bill Dickinson, principle GIS engineer for Exceptional Software Strategies, Dickinson examines the practical use of GIS in archaeology and cultural resource management.
“GIS allows archaeologists to electronically record where artifacts are recovered and to connect their data together in a modern database,” Dickinson says. “It’s all about gathering the data in a geo-referenced way that you can then put into a database and find out more things about the data that you’ve been collecting.”