Mapping the Political Landscape: Toward a GIS Analysis of Environmental and Social Difference

Steve Kosiba, Andrew M. Bauer

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Abstract

This paper employs geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze the relationship between environmental context and social inequality. Using recent archaeological data from the political center of the Inka Empire (Cuzco, Peru), it investigates how material and spatial boundaries embed social differences within the environment at both local and regional scales. In doing so, the paper moves beyond conventional archaeological GIS approaches that treat the environment as a unitary phenomenon. It develops a methodological and theoretical framework for the examination of a political landscape-the distinct spaces and materials that differentially shape people's social experience and perception of their environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-101
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • GIS
  • Inka
  • Landscape
  • Social inequality

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