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A predictive model for Palaeolithic sites: A case study of Monforte de Lemos basin, NW Iberian Peninsula

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  • Mikel Díaz-Rodríguez
  • Ramón Fábregas-Valcarce, University of Santiago de Compostela, Centro de Investigación Interuniversitario das Paisaxes Atlánticas Culturais (CISPAC), Spain
  • Augusto Pérez-Alberti, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Although a theoretical model for the settlement patterns of Galician Palaeolithic has been proposed in the last decades, it has not been statistically tested. The present paper aims to check whether this previous theoretical model can be verified statistically. For this purpose, a methodology based on the creation of a predictive model has been used in which the main environmental variables were analysed and their suitability for predicting the location of Palaeolithic sites statistically verified. The predictive model shows that the most accurate variables are elevation, slope, cost to potential hydrology, the cost to wetland areas, and visual prominence. The results demonstrated that the theoretical model was fulfilled in some of the variables previously proposed. Thus, we have shown the usefulness of this approach to test hypotheses and the results obtained open new possibilities of analysis in the study of the Palaeolithic sites in NW Iberia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104012
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

    Research areas

  • Predictive model, Palaeolithic, Settlement Patterns, Spatial analysis, Iberian Peninsula, Europe

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