My friend, Ben , and I decided to tour the University of Pretoria on the 2nd of January 2012. Unfortunately, because it was the 2nd of January most of the museums were closed. During our tour, however, we discussed how we need a map showing us where everything is, as every department has its own little secrets that are only known to people in that department or lost explorers. For this reason we decided to create this map for other people to collaborate and use it to explore the University.
The map can be found here.
It contains all the places that Ben and I could think of. If you know of any other interesting places that can be visited, please fee free to contribute to the map. I am sure that there is plenty that we don’t know about. There are some fitness paths at the University which could be mapped too, unfortunately neither Ben nor I actually know these paths.
How is this relevant to Computational Archaeology? Well, this is just one example of how Google Maps can be used to mark sites, and points of interest. Similar technology can be used for smaller areas, such as a museum, where artefact locations could be marked. Paths can be marked using lines and extra information such as photographs and descriptions can be added to locations. In the field, archaeologists may use this to have a bigger picture of the site in which they are working and in order to centralise some of their geographical information.