help with a project for an archaeological science class?

Discussion created by rmartori on Feb 22, 2012
Latest reply on Dec 30, 2016 by Maya2404
I am taking an Arch science class in undergrad college and while talking to a PHD student about my Multimedia degree from ITT tech
he mentioned that focusing on spatial analysis and arch GIS will also allow me to use my 3d modeling skills, in addition we had to email my teach some various options for our project he mentioned doing GIS work with obsidian artifact finds. So I decided to try and teach myself GIS at least well enough to do this project.

The project is this, first I need to try and find the exact latitude and longitude of the various archaeology sites in Italyv where obsidian artifacts were found and figure out where type of site it was early, late neolitihic etc. I also need to find out the percentage of
obsidian from the various volcano sources example being what percentage came from the volcano at Lipiri. The actual map making
comes in as I try and trace the most likely routes that could have been taken to get obsidian from the source to it's final destination,  because obsidian from Lipiri has even been found on the opposite coast of Italy.

I guess the reason for this post it to see if anyone had any advice because this is sort of a GIS crash course project that is due in
April didn't get the specifics on it until this past Monday. I picked up getting to know Archgis and have started doing the exercises.

oh and does anyone know where I could get a good map file for this project, or happens to be in the archaeology field that would
have any advice?