Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 697–723 | Cite as

When Survey Goes East: Field Survey Methodologies and Analytical Frameworks in a Central Asian Context

Article

Abstract

This paper investigates the applicability and transferability of conventional frameworks of archaeological survey in the context of marginal alluvial environments, particularly the unique inland deltas of Central Asia. These dynamic and visually obstructed landscapes pose unique challenges not only to survey methodologies but also to theory and interpretation. Here, an exploratory approach to data analysis is used that applies three distinct yet integrated methodologies: visibility analysis, multi-scalar spatial analysis and directional (anisotropic) statistics. This approach thereby moves beyond many of the existing conceptual constraints about how we understand surface distributions in arid alluvial landscapes and ultimately identifies both transferable analytical methods and new fieldwork agendas that are relevant to a wide range of survey projects.

Keywords

Survey Central Asia Spatial analysis Murghab 

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  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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