Spatial Periodicity Analysis of Urban Elements Application to the Ancient City of Amida (Short Paper)

Authors Jean-François Girres, Martine Assenat, Robin Ralite, Ester Ribo-Delissey

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Jean-François Girres
  • Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, IRD, UMR GRED, Montpellier, France
Martine Assenat
  • Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, EA CRISES 4424, Montpellier, France
Robin Ralite
  • Master Géomatique de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Ester Ribo-Delissey
  • Master Géomatique de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

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Jean-François Girres, Martine Assenat, Robin Ralite, and Ester Ribo-Delissey. Spatial Periodicity Analysis of Urban Elements Application to the Ancient City of Amida (Short Paper). In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 114, pp. 29:1-29:6, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


The characterization of urban structures using morphological indicators is the subject of many applications in the domains of urban planning and transport, but also in less traditional disciplines, such as urban archeology. When reading actual urban plans, it may be possible to identify relics of ancient cities, and to characterize them with the help of appropriate indicators. In this context, we propose a method for the characterization of the spacing between urban elements based on the analysis of their spatial periodicity. The purpose of this method is to detect specific distances in the actual urban structure, potentially characteristic of ancient measurement units. This method is implemented in a GIS software, to facilitate its use by historians and archeologists, and is illustrated by an application on the ancient roman city of Amida (Diyarbakir, Turkey).

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  • Human-centered computing → Accessibility theory, concepts and paradigms
  • Spatial analysis
  • Periodicity
  • Urban structures
  • Archeology


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