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S13-03 Kerkenes Dag: Materializing an Imaginary City

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Kerkenes Dag: Materializing an Imaginary City

Scott Branting, Tuna Kalayci

Kerkenes is a massive pre-Hellenistic city in Anatolia. It covers 2.5 square kilometers and surrounded by a strong defensive wall, running for seven kilometers. The city was burnt down, sometime during the mid-first millennium BCE and no other extensive occupation disturbed archaeological remains, providing unique preservation conditions. Modern explorations in this Ancient City started in 1993, employing a wide range of innovative geospatial technologies. High resolution photographs from hot air balloons and tethered blimps, satellite imagery analysis, DGPS survey and especially geophysical prospection at the site already revealed numerous domestic structures, compounds, empty-spaces, courtyards, road systems and others; opening a new research frontier in the study of ancient studies. 

This study aims to highlight the importance of acquiring close-to-complete spatial datasets using multi-sensor technologies. To accomplish this, we suggest an extremely detailed city plan, draped over a very high resolution Digital Elevation Model, opening up possibilities for detailed 3D reconstructions of the built environment and testing of various archaeological hypotheses in the making of the city. Second, we reveal a pedestrian Transportation Geographical Information System (GIS-T) approach to model movement at this Iron Age city. The model incorporates models of human locomotion with a theoretical framework based on time-space continuum principles. Results from these models highlight movement densities, city neighborhoods; but also reveal variations in the agency of movement.

Friday April 1, 2016 09:20 - 09:45 CEST
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