Title

Geographic Information System (GIS) Cost Surface Analysis for Forager Travel: Archaeological Settlement Models, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho

Presenter Information

Anthony Saunders

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Archaeology, GIS, caloric expenditure

Abstract

This analysis predicts the caloric cost to travel across the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. A cost surface analysis will be conducted using ARCmap geographic information system (GIS) software to determine how many calories prehistoric hunter-gatherers expended traveling across the terrain over a given route. The data derived from this study will be incorporated into an archaeological predictive model that predicts archaeological site locations based on the caloric costs of accessing an area and the caloric benefits of utilizing that area. Since the model predicts the patterns of Native Americans, it will assume that travel is conducted on foot.

Poster Number

37

Faculty Mentor(s)

Steven Hackenberger

Department/Program

Resource Management

Additional Mentoring Department

Resource Management

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Geographic Information System (GIS) Cost Surface Analysis for Forager Travel: Archaeological Settlement Models, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

This analysis predicts the caloric cost to travel across the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. A cost surface analysis will be conducted using ARCmap geographic information system (GIS) software to determine how many calories prehistoric hunter-gatherers expended traveling across the terrain over a given route. The data derived from this study will be incorporated into an archaeological predictive model that predicts archaeological site locations based on the caloric costs of accessing an area and the caloric benefits of utilizing that area. Since the model predicts the patterns of Native Americans, it will assume that travel is conducted on foot.