, GIS, and the creation of a land‐use map of medieval England

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Although GIS are used extensively in modern socio‐economic studies, their application to historical analysis, especially of relatively early periods, is in its infancy. Yet, as this paper demonstrates, GIS has particular utility both for combining information from disparate and unstandardized historical sources and for reconstructing broad distribution patterns from spatially discontinuous data. When combined with cluster analysis, it also provides a powerful tool for analysing and classifying data sets and representing the results thereby obtained. This paper describes the stages whereby data extracted from almost 10 000 original Inquisitiones Post Mortem, dating from 1300 to 1349, are ultimately transformed into a national land‐use classification map for the critical period immediately prior to the Black Death of 1348.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9671.1997.tb00061.x

Affiliations: Department of Economic and Social History, Queen's University of Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK.

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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