José Manuel Costa García (autor)
GIS-based digital modelling tools, such as the well-known least cost paths (LCP) among others, have been widely used in archaeology in the recent years as ways to approach the forms of mobility in the past. Roman roads are among the best-known examples of ancient networks of paths and have been especially prone to such approaches. In this paper, we shall make a general reflection on the applicability of those tools for the modelling and analysis of ancient routes, with a special focus on Roman roads. Drawing from a case study in the NW Iberian Peninsula, we will discuss some aspects related to the potential and limits of Cumulative Costs, LCP and other related tools for the modelling and analysis of ancient roads. We will illustrate how the use of tools that explore potential mobility in less restricted ways can help to overcome some of the limitations of the LCP.
Información del libro
Finding the Limits of the Limes. Modelling Demography, Economy and Transport on the Edge of the Roman Empire
P. Verhagen, J. Joyce and M. Groenhuijzen (eds.)
Springer International Publishing