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Archaeological Prediction and Risk Management

Alternatives to current practice

Hans Kamermans, Martijn van Leusen and Philip Verhagen
01 January 2009
Archaeological Prediction and Risk Management. Alternatives to current practice.


The Netherlands are one of the few countries in Europe where predictive models play an important role in cultural heritage management. The models are used to predict archaeological site location in order to guide future developments in the modern landscape.

Many scholars however consider the application of predictive models for this purpose highly controversial. Between 2002 and 2006 a team of Dutch researchers conducted strategic research into predictive modelling on behalf of Dutch cultural resource management. One of the goals was to develop best practices for the production and application of these models.

This book is the second and final edited volume of publications of this Predictive Modelling project. It brings together technical papers on developing new methods for predictive modelling and applied, interdisciplinary ‘action research’ focusing on how the models are, or should be, used by stakeholders in cultural heritage management in the Netherlands.

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