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2.5 The Case Studies

The following short case studies aim to explore practically some of the potential of the more synergistic relationship between archaeological-GIS and VRML proposed in the main body of this paper.

The first case study looks at the routine archaeological-GIS issue of visibility analysis, in the context of a detailed micro-topographic study of the functional status of the Hadrian's wall tower at Peel Gap. In the second case study, experiential notions of place and context are explored through consideration of the medieval bastle of Hepburn in its broad landscape context. In the final case study, we move away from landscape to look more at the application of VRML in its own right, in the sensuous representation of artefacts for the purposes of display, communication and analysis.

It must be stressed that the case studies represent the first developments in practically addressing the perceived shortcomings in traditional archaeological-GIS highlighted in this paper. It is hoped that the basic methodologies described here will be taken, developed and applied by researchers to other facets of the archaeological record.


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