A Spatial Modelling Approach to the Investigation of Relict Siege-fields: a case study of Kinsale, 1601

Sally Cook, Paul O'Keeffe

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Abstract

This paper examines whether GIS-based techniques can be used to more successfully harness the potential of historic siege plans for the purposes of archaeological investigation, taking as a case study the 1601 siege of Kinsale, Co. Cork. Kinsale has the best preserved Elizabethan siege landscape in Ireland, encompassing approximately 10 km of siegeworks. Historical plans of the siege are central to a spatial modelling approach that combines georeferencing, digitising, raster overlay and modelling of ‘fields of fire’ in order to delineate the siege landscape, map its key features and assess the offensive and defensive capabilities of both the besiegers and the besieged. The methodology developed is applicable to any early modern siege and represents a cost-effective, GIS-based approach to the study of relict siege landscapes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFields of Conflict
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Sep 2019

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