Modeling pre-colonial migration in the Amazon region

Terra Preta WebGIS

The project is concerned with the analysis and modeling of migration flows of pre-colonial colonies with a focus on spatio-temporal aspects. Migration and movement patterns of different cultures are examined on the basis of dynamically changing areas of influence. Such areal structures are generated on the foundation of semantically rich data on excavation sites and their temporal relation. Classifying spatio-temporally changing areas of influence requires the incorporation of geographical context in contrast to assuming an isotropic, homogenous space. It is likely for the motivations for migration to vary among traditions and be highly influenced by the characteristics of the natural environment.

The aim of the project is to model changes in the living environment on the basis of the concept of affordances, which sets perceived and objective spatial attributes in context to the potentials and needs of the respective tribe. As a result of switching to an egocentric perspective, a more individual approach to modeling is possible, which allows for incorporation the attributes of individual traditions. Apart from the physiognomy of landscapes, the needs and activity options of the cultures must be known. The model will help to identify probable settlement concepts. Project website