Tutorial: Online Visualization and Graphic Exports of Archaeological Spatial Data, using the archeoViz Application

This document is intended for teachers introducing students in archaeology to spatial data visualisation. It presents the basics for a class syllabus, using the archeoViz application as a pedagogical resource.

  • Concepts: Representation in archaeology, Post-excavation stratigraphy, SVG and HTML file formats.
  • Audience: beginner.
  • Material:
    • a computer with an internet connection,
    • a web browser,
    • an SVG editor (e.g., Inkscape).

Data selection and visualisation

  • Launch the “PoeymaüarcheoViz instance.
  • Explore the 4 types of visualisation: 3D, map, Sections X and Y.
  • Display the following selections:
    • A 3D view of layer FSH.
    • A 3D view of the convex hull of all object types.
    • A 3D view of the convex hull of pottery objects.
    • A map of the faunal remains between z=300 and z=400.
    • A 3D view of the faunal remains in layer BI.
    • A Section view of the refittings in X.
    • Section view of the refittings in band X.
    • Generate a section view of the site in X and the same in Y: what is the difference?

Export Figures

  • Export a 3D view of the faunal and lithic remains as an SVG file. Open this file.
  • Export a map of the burned remains as an SVG file. Open this file.
  • Export a Section view in X of burned and not burned remains as an HTML file.
  • Export an HTML file of a 3D visualisation that allows to (un)select three types of remains.
    • Try it with a web browser;
    • Examine the files size: what do these files contain?
    • How this file could be used?

Reading

  • Gardin J.-C. & C. Peebles. 1992. Representations in Archaeology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Opgenhaffen L. 2021. “Visualizing Archaeologists: A Reflexive History of Visualization Practice in Archaeology”, Open Archaeology, 7 (1), doi: 10.1515/opar-2020-0138.
  • Nakoinz, O., D. Knitter. 2016. Modelling Human Behaviour in Landscapes. Basic Concepts and Modelling Elements. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-29538-1.
  • Plutniak S. 2021. “Abstraction in Archaeological Stratigraphy: a Pyrenean Lineage of Innovation (late 19th-early 21th century)” in de Beaune, S. et al. (eds), New Advances in the History of Archaeology, Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 78-92, DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/2pgak.


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Sébastien Plutniak (2023, 10 juillet). Tutorial: Online Visualization and Graphic Exports of Archaeological Spatial Data, using the archeoViz Application. archeoViz. Data visualization in archaeology. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/bd7l

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