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Upper Daling Region Settlement Dataset
The Upper Daling Region Settlement Dataset contains the detailed data from pedestrian regional survey of 200 square kilometers in the upper drainage of the Daling River, as well as magnetometer survey and stratigraphic testing in several areas of Hongshan period residential occupation. It complements the book Hongshan Regional Organization in the Upper Daling Valley (available from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology), which contains analysis and interpretation of the dataset, as well as full discussion of field methods. The contents of the printed volume are as follows:
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- The Upper Daling Survey Region
- The Dongshanzui Ceremonial Site
- Chapter 2: Chronological Framework
- Ceramic Chronology
- Absolute Dating
- Chapter 3. Regional Survey and Hongshan Residential Remains
- Field and Analytical Methods for Regional Survey
- Hongshan Surface Artifact Distributions at a Smaller Scale
- Magnetometer Survey and Stratigraphic Testing of Hongshan Occupation Areas
- Excavated Hongshan Residential Remains
- Interpreting Hongshan Regional Settlement Patterns
- Chapter 4. Hongshan Regional Community Organization
- Local Communities
- Supra-local Communities
- Relations between Supra-local Communities
- Trajectory of Development and Decline
- Core and Periphery
- Chapter 5. Lower Xiajiadian through Liao Times
- Lower Xiajiadian Period (2000-1200 BCE)
- Upper Xiajiadian Period (1200-600 BCE)
- Zhanguo-Han Period (600 BCE-200 CE)
- Liao Period (200-1300 CE)
Funding to collect the data presented here was provided by National Science Foundation Awards BCS-0849519 and BCS-0849758, National Geographic Society Grant 8623-09, and the American Council of Learned Societies with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation. Preparation of the online dataset was supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Peterson, Christian E., Lu Xueming, Robert D. Drennan, and Zhu Da (2014a) Hongshan Regional Organization in the Upper Daling Valley. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology.
Peterson, Christian E., Lu Xueming, Robert D. Drennan, and Zhu Da (2014b) Upper Daling Region Settlement Dataset. Comparative Archaeology Database, University of Pittsburgh. URL: <http://www.cadb.pitt.edu>.
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This dataset contains six kinds of things: (1) magnetometry and stratigraphic testing; (2) data from Hongshan residential areas; (3) numeric data from individual collection units in the survey and individual excavation units in the stratigraphic tests; (4) a regional GIS dataset providing locations of individual collection units, distribution of settlement in different periods, and environmental variables; (5) a lab report on TL dating of sherds from Dongshanzui; and (6) color images of illustrations that appear in black and white in the printed volume.
The data presented in this section consist of maps and magnetometer survey results from three areas of Hongshan residential occupation: Dongshanzui, Sanjia, and Erbuchi. Maps are provided in vector format as AutoCAD (Release 12) DXF files which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. Magnetometer survey results are provided in raster format as GeoTIFF files. The GeoTIFF files are contained in compressed (ZIP) files. Handling of .ZIP files is built into Windows and Mac operating systems and included in many free file archiving programs. The coordinate system for all spatial data is UTM Zone 50 North (units are meters) based on the WGS84 datum.
Numerical data are provided as comma-delimited text files and as spreadsheet files.
Maps are included as a detailed GIS dataset, in several formats. Vector maps are provided as AutoCAD (Release 12) .DXF files which can be read by many CAD and GIS programs. Raster layers are provided in two formats: Idrisi raster image files and GeoTIFF raster files, which can be imported into many GIS programs.
Since both raster formats produce large files, they are provided as compressed .ZIP files. The .ZIP file for the Idrisi format contains the two files required for a complete Idrisi raster layer (.RDC and .RST). The .ZIP file for the GeoTIFF format also contains the two necessary files (.TFW and .TIF). Handling of .ZIP files is built into Windows and Mac operating systems and included in many free file archiving programs.
The formats of the spatial data provided in this section were not chosen for simple viewing, but rather for analysis. (The data values in many of the GeoTIFF files, for example, mean that, without contrast adjustments, they may look all black when viewed with a program such as Photoshop.) Color images of many of the maps that appear as black-and-white illustrations in the printed volume are available as .JPG files below under color images.
The coordinate system for all spatial data is UTM Zone 50 North (units are meters) based on the WGS84 datum. Raster files in Idrisi or GeoTIFF format for the Upper Daling region have 1900 columns and 2700 rows; the minimum and maximum X coordinates are 726,000 m and 745,000 m; the minimum and maximum Y coordinates are 4,546,000 m and 4,573,000 m; cell resolution is thus 10 by 10 m.
The GIS dataset includes the following:
Photographs, maps, and other figures in which color is useful that could only be presented in black-and-white in the printed volume are available here as color .JPG image files.
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