GIS in Archaeology and Anthropology



Intro to ArcGIS Desktop for Anthropology Students

This workshop is actually comprised of two workshops, Intro to ArcMap and Intro to ArcCatalog, which will each be used heavily. This workshop is a basic introduction to ArcGIS 10.2.2 for Desktop and focuses primarily on basic usage with some emphasis on anthropologically relevant functions.


Intro to ArcGIS Pro in Archaeology

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro. This workshop covers new features and interface, 3D visualization, and how it can be applied in an archaeological setting.


Use of Tabular Data in Archaeology

This workshop covers proper documentation of artifacts, creating spreadsheets and tables, and how to utilize this data in a GIS.


Total Station and GIS

This workshop will teach you how to properly set up and take measurements with a Total Station in the field, and how these measurements can be properly utilized using ArcGIS.



Archaeology Data Service

Excellent resource for Archaeology specific data. The Archaeology Data Service is hosted by the University of York.

Geo Community

Free GIS data shared by members.

USGS Earth Explorer

The USGS Earth Explorer includes an interactive world map and countless datasets.



National Land Cover Database 2001 (NLCD2001)

Land use maps.

Tribal GIS

Maps of Indian reservations throughout the US and Native American involvement in GIS.

US Census Bereau

Current, relevant, nationwide data made available for download by the US Census Bereau.

USDA Geospatial Data Gateway

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service gateway to geospatial data provided by the USGS and other contributors.

US Forest Service

The United States Forest Service provides GIS data for most of the US.

USGS US Map Databases

USGS National Map Small Scale


South Carolina:

SC Department of Natural Resources

South Carolina specific. Sign in required.


Our Data Collection:

Over the years we have collected GIS data local to our area and other data used in projects by students so that other Clemson students can use it. To access our GIS data you will need to connect to our network drive: \\\gis, and access a folder titled GIS_Data.  Instructions on how to connect to the drive are included below.




Encyclopedia of human geography / Gerald R. Pitzl.

Human geography focuses on the ways that humans interact with each other and with the environment, illuminating the complex processes and nature of our global society. This book presents the full range of this remarkable field, presenting nearly 300 pertinent models, concepts, theories, and people associated with human geography.


The cognition of geographic space / Rob Kitchin and Mark Blades.

How do humans think and behave in geographic space? The authors analyze what people know about spatial geographical relationships, and how this knowledge is used in everyday life. They synthesize a variety of perspectives from various disciplines, providing a critical appraisal of geographic space. In doing so, the authors put forth new ideas and theories concerning cognitive mapping, and outline an agenda for future research.


Migrants, immigrants, and slaves : racial and ethnic groups in America / George Henderson, Thompson Olasiji.

hrough diversity, America has grown strong as a nation. Although all segments of the population share certain life patterns and basic beliefs, there are many differences in traditional lifestyles and cultures among ethnic groups. Respect for such differences is a benchmark of a democratic nation. Migrants, Immigrants, and Slaves documents the fact that all American ethnic groups have been both the oppressed and the oppressors. The book is written for introductory American history, ethnic studies, and sociology courses. Special attention is given to the immigration patterns and cultural contributions of more than 50 ethnic groups.


Harm de Blij's geography book : a leading geographer's fresh look at our changing world / Harm de Blij.

De Blij, geography editor for Good Morning America, argues that ``there's almost nothing in this wide, wonderful world of ours that can't be studied geographically.'' He then goes on to demonstrate the breadth of his beloved discipline. The book's first half is devoted to an explanation of some of the basics of physical geography (meteorology, geology) and cultural geography (location and layout of cities, the nature of international borders), while the second half focuses largely on political geography. - Publisher's Weekly


Cultural resource laws and practice : an introductory guide / Thomas F. King.

With its updated analysis and treatments of key topics, this new edition is a must-have for archaeologists and students, historic preservationists, tribal governments, and others working with cultural resources. - Amazon


No place distant : roads and motorized recreation on America's public lands / David G. Havlick ; foreword by Mike Dombeck.

In "No Place Distant," author David Havlick presents for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the more than 550,000 miles of roads that crisscross our national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, and wildlife refuges, considering how they came to be; their ecological, financial, and societal costs; and what can be done to ensure that those roads are as environmentally benign and cost-effective as possible, while remaining functional and accessible.


Statistics for spatial data / Noel A.C. Cressie.

The first practical look at spatial statistics for the scientist and engineer. Designed for the scientific and engineering professional eager to exploit its enormous potential, Statistics for Spatial Data is a primer to the theory as well as the nuts-and-bolts of this influential technique. Focusing on the three areas of geostatistical data, lattice data, and point patterns, the book sheds light on the link between data and model, and reveals how spatial statistical models can be used to solve a host of problems in science and engineering. 




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