The Mesopotamia Data and Mapping Project is making slow but steady headway. Mr. Rajendra Adhikari, a graduate student in landscape architecture and city planning at the University of Pennsylvania, has been working on various ways to try to relate non-geographic information to available maps. Scholars who have used geographic information systems (GIS) for archaeology have learned how helpful they can be for linking various kinds of geographic information, including climate, land forms, river and road courses, etc. The intent of the Mesopotamia Data and Mapping Project is to connect bibliography and general site information, including chronological data, to the geographic so that the maps may serve as starting points for information of a very broad sort.
CAD models will also be connected to the GIS files, and, ultimately, artifacts related to the CAD models may be brought into the total system.
Eventually, the maps and models may be used as access routes to textual and environmental data, and the data may be used as access routes to the maps and models.
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