GIS applications in the geoarchaeological characterization of the Paleolithic site of Las Delicias (Madrid, Spain) and 3D representation of results

Francisco José López-Fraile, Manuel Alcaraz-Castaño, Mario López-Recio, Javier Baena Preysler, Jorge Morín, Marta Roca, Luis Rodríguez-Avello, Fernando Tapias, Alfredo Pérez-González, Manuel Santonja

Abstract

The open-air Palaeolithic site of Las Delicias, located in the Manzanares river valley (Madrid, Spain), has been the object of recent archaeological excavations during 2008 and 2009. Field data gathered at the site has been processed through Geographic Information Systems software, and results have been represented in 3D. We have achieved a topographic and archaeological database which has been associated with 3D planimetries through GIS. At the micro-spatial level, this database will allow future studies on different topics, such as the genesis of the deposits and their conservation, displacement patterns of the archaeological objects, refitting of lithic pieces and planning of future excavation seasons at the site.

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GIS; 3D; Upper palaeolithic; Madrid

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