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The Sub-Saharan Archaeological Network

A Sub-Saharan Archaeological Network
(SubSArchNet) Prototype

The archaeological sites shown in this Google Maps powered prototype application were derived from the Geographic Place Names Gazettes for the countries in the Sub-Saharan region.  The site locations are not especially accurate, and there is no temporal information associated with them.   The data shown here include the main site name and the site type designation.  As the data nodes of the Sub-Saharan Archaeological Network are developed, they will be populated with more extensive datasets, including detailed site descriptions, photographs, lists of site components, references, and site condition reports.  An extensive query component is built into every data node, which will allow attribute and spatially-based inquiries, and the creation of dynamic Google Earth .kml files, whose sites will be "backlinked" to the site records in the SubSArchNet databases.

Using the Prototype

Site points are small orange dots, which will be shown as you zoom into a cluster.  You can hover the map cursor over the site points, and the site name and type will be displayed.  The larger colored "radar screens" are clusters of sites, and the number in the center tells you how many sites are in the cluster; you can click on a cluster and the map will zoom in and display the site points that make up the cluster, or it will show smaller clusters.  You may have to zoom in several levels to get to site points in an area where they are densely packed.

If you want to use the map in a PowerPoint or word processing document, copy the whole screen (using Print Screen), or a part of it, paste it into a graphics program, then crop it to the map.  This is necessary because there isn't a simple "Copy" function in the Google Maps API, because the map isn't an image; it's an interactive control.

Other Prototype Archaeological Networks

The Mediterranean Archaeological Network
The South Asia Archaeological Network
The Arabian Archaeological Network