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Das Mittelalter

Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung

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Volume 24, Issue 1


GIS als Hilfsmittel zur Analyse räumlicher Strukturen im östlichen Sachsen und Thüringen des 10. und frühen 11. Jahrhunderts: Eine Königslandschaft neu betrachtet

Dr. Pierre Fütterer
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Published Online: 2019-08-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mial-2019-0007


For some time, the use of GIS in the context of medieval studies has been increasing. Aside from providing opportunities to visualise historical data in an uncomplicated way, GIS offers numerous tools such as viewshed, kernel density estimation or georeferencing, allowing new insights into historical contexts, which at the same time can reveal new avenues for research. This paper illustrates both the potential and difficulties of working with GIS on the analysis of spatial structures in early medieval Eastern Saxony and Thuringia. The main outcomes are a very high settlement density in the entire investigation area, with special concentrations in the eastern Harz foreland, the Hassegau, as well as a rapid and early expansion of the Harz Mountains.

Keywords: GIS; Kernel Density Estimation; core area; spatial structure; Early Middle Ages

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Published Online: 2019-08-09

Published in Print: 2019-07-11

Citation Information: Das Mittelalter, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 91–111, ISSN (Online) 2196-6869, ISSN (Print) 0949-0345, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mial-2019-0007.

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