William R. Fitts is an independent scholar. He holds a PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously was a research associate for surveying and mapping at The Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum where he ran the SiteMap surveying service for 10 years.
This volume introduces the concept of the Settlement Matrix, a heuristic model that connects the analysis of the symbolic and practical aspects of human culture by placing them both within the same spaces defined by a settlement and its support area. The settlement matrix model examines each venue of daily life from the house to the settlement to the field system as integral parts of a single cultural construct, the settlement matrix. By defining discrete spaces and a way to connect them, the settlement matrix model provides a way to combine technologies like GIS with current archaeological theory.
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