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Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULiege; Carré, Cyril ULiege; Delfosse, Vincent ULiege et al

in Giligny, F.; Djindjian, F.; Costa, L. (Eds.) et al CAA 2014 21st century Archaeology : Concepts methods and tools : Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (2015)

The use of Geographic Information Systems within the field of archaeology has been demonstrated through numerous scientific studies in the past. However, such systems do not usually encompass all the ... [more ▼]

The use of Geographic Information Systems within the field of archaeology has been demonstrated through numerous scientific studies in the past. However, such systems do not usually encompass all the characteristics of the archaeological data. Since 2009, the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liège works on the development of a robust, flexible and dynamic Archaeological Information System. The interdisciplinary research group focuses on the development of a conceptual data model based on the general characteristics of archaeological data namely its spatio-temporal, heterogeneous, multimodal and imperfect character. The following paper exposes latest output and especially the integration of archaeological data ambiguity [less ▲]

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Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULiege; Carré, Cyril ULiege; Delfosse, Vincent ULiege et al

Conference (2014, April 25)

Grounded on archaeological information modeling works undertaken at the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liege, this paper goes a step further in handling time and function imperfection, interpretative ... [more ▼]

Grounded on archaeological information modeling works undertaken at the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liege, this paper goes a step further in handling time and function imperfection, interpretative sequences and people interacting with historical objects. Designed in 2011, the initial model already gathered both geometrical and historical information. It was partially based on the urban data standard City GML mainly for interoperability purposes. Its specificity, the version concept, allowed multiple geometries experiments. That property enabled us to handle geometrical ambiguity and incompleteness. To validate this model, and in a showcase purpose, a first prototype has been realized. One year later this prototype’s model has been improved to manage in a better way all objects’ versions and possible representations. Until now, this model integrates and manages imperfect archaeological data but only partially: the version concept being only dedicated to express geometric ambiguity or imprecision. Henceforth, with the version notion widening, we propose to encompass function and time imperfection as well. It is an important progress because on an archaeological point of view, time and function are quite generally incomplete, uncertain, imprecise or contradictory. Another enhancement must be highlighted: the agent enlistment. Historical characters, on one hand, and contemporaneous people (like authors, archaeologists etc.) on another hand are key elements of archaeological game pieces. Finally, we will describe the way of structuring versions into interpretative sequences. With those improvements, we wish to carry on feeding the scientific debate as much as drafting Archaeological Information Systems. [less ▲]

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