Using GIS to integrate old and new archaeological data from Stone Age deposits in Karonga, Malawi

Thompson, Jessica C., Welling, Menno and Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth (2013) Using GIS to integrate old and new archaeological data from Stone Age deposits in Karonga, Malawi. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era, 2 4: 611-630. doi:10.1260/2047-4970.2.4.611

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Author Thompson, Jessica C.
Welling, Menno
Gomani-Chindebvu, Elizabeth
Title Using GIS to integrate old and new archaeological data from Stone Age deposits in Karonga, Malawi
Journal name International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2047-4970
2047-4989
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1260/2047-4970.2.4.611
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 611
End page 630
Total pages 20
Place of publication Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The Karonga District of northern Malawi has an extensive Stone Age archaeological record, primarily represented by stone artefacts that occur in both superficial and buried contexts. Work conducted in the 1960s provided initial documentation of this record. Some of this was presented in summary form in a small number of publications. However, most data were restricted to unpublished field notes, maps, and other static or largely inaccessible formats. GIS has been an essential tool for bringing together these diverse datasets in a digital format to facilitate integration of new research and promote reinvestigation of old sites. Examples from both the regional and site scale demonstrate how old data have been combined with recent survey and excavation data to document, analyse, interpret, and archive current knowledge about the rich Stone Age record of northern Malawi. A significant result from this approach has been the suggested reinterpretation of the Mwanganda’s Village Site.
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