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Kallithea to Halos: the defense network of the north Othrys mountains Open Access


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Humanities Computing
Kastro Kallithea
Classical Archaeology
Viewshed Analysis
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University of Alberta
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Chykerda, Christopher Myles
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Haagsma, Margriet (History and Classics)
Gouglas, Sean (History and Classics)
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Rossiter, Jeremy (HIstory and Classics)
Humanities Computing

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Master of Arts
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This thesis presents an interdisciplinary examination of a series of towers existing between the sites of Kastro Kallithea and New Halos along the north ridge of Greece’s Othrys Mountains. The overarching goal is to utilize digital archaeological techniques such as GIS to refine the methodologies used in determining the rate of efficient communication between towers in defense networks. Tools within the ArcGIS software package allow line of sight and viewsheds to be examined remotely with a series of criteria to be met, such as maximum allowable distance. In doing so, past studies of regional networks are critiqued in light of their inclusion or exclusion of considerations such as distance, atmospheric conditions, and time of day when determining over how far a distance fire signaling could be effective. A second critique explores the dangers of employing digital means from the perspectives of both the investigator and public.
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