Josef GSPURNING / Susanne LAMM / Patrick MARKO / Wolfgang SULZER / Susanne TIEFENGRABER
(University of Graz, Austria)

Keywords: Settlement Archaeology; Landscape Analysis; Geostatistics; GIS

A new research project, currently in the application stage, wants to contribute to the research into settlement structure(s) of the Roman empire in the territories of Flavia Solva, Celeia, Poetovio, Salla and Savaria.
In a preview of the project, we will present new methods to combine state of the art spatial analysis and remote sensing on the one hand, and archaeological evaluation of find-spots on the other hand, integrating geospatial and archaeological data from diverse sources and qualities ranging from 19th century find reports up to modern, GIS-based excavation documentation or ALS data, into a sustainable and accessible standard taking into account requirements of both geotechnological applications and data warehousing principles of the historical disciplines such as the CIDOC CRM.
Based on this data model descriptive statistical methods will be employed to characterize the status quo in a designated test area in Southeastern Noricum, and to implement geographical concepts by GIS-analytic methods to gain new insights from the combination of thematically related layers. The result of this first attempt is the establishment of a sound geospatial and geostatistical workflow in a multidisciplinary approach of the involved researchers for the project, which can be used as a basis for further analysis with special focus on the spatial aspect.