Where? Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS systems allow archaeologists to digitally analyze the geographic qualities of a site. Through satellite imagery, statistical analyses, and other qualities, these programs are capable of revealing spatial relationships that are not easily seen on the ground.
GIS was used to study the distribution of ceramics excavated at the First Home Site. Ceramics are useful in that their form (such as ‘bowl’ or ‘jar’) is closely tied to function (such as eating or storage). Two questions were asked of the First Home collection: 1) is there spatial patterning to where ceramics were found at the site and 2) if yes, do those patterns reveal anything about how the Aldens organized their home?
First Home foundation