Exploring intervisibility networks : a case study from Bronze and Iron Age Istria (Croatia and Slovenia).

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Published in: F. Giligny, F. Djindjian, L. Costa, P. Moscati and S. Robert (eds.) CAA 2014 - 21st century Archeaology: concepts, methods and tools. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Paris, April 2014, 2015

Author : Zoran Cuckovic

Abstract: Using the rich archaeological record of 480 hillfort sites during the Bronze and Iron Age in Istria (Croatia and Slovenia), we have attempted to build a structured approach for investigating intervisibility networks. This analysis is organized in three steps. An exploratory analysis of visual connections is first carried out, particularly focusing on the relationship between the lengths of connection between sites and the network structure. Next, two new indices of integration of individual sites into the network are proposed and analyzed (connection success and visual neighborhood index). Finally, an approach for examining the statistical relevance of the
observed network is proposed.

Keywords: Visibility Analysis, Intervisibility Network, Gis, Prehistory