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Published in American Antiquity, 61:4 (Oct. 1996), pp. 801-802. Copyright 1996 Society for American Archaeology. Used by permission.


Although but six years old, our library copy of Interpreting Space: GIS and Archaeology (1990; edited by Allen, Stanton, and Zubrow) is tattered and in need of rebinding. Such has been the interest in this volume and its subject, the adaptation of Geographic Information System (GIs) technology to archaeological needs. Archaeology and Geographical information Systems complements Interpreting Space in several ways. Where the latter features mostly North American authors, European authors are the main contributors to the former. An4 in an effort to educate readers, the first offers brief reviews of hardware, software, and GIS concepts; such items are mentioned in the new book's postscripts. Predictive modeling applications of GIs that incorporate environmental data layers are unashamedly displayed in the first; the sophistication and suitability of such models for understanding the dense and complex archaeological landscapes of Europe are questioned in the latter.

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