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William R. Fitts

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.

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The Deserted Medieval Village of Cottam and the Settlement Matrix Model

ISBN: 978-1-61143-964-9
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.