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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping

Every historical or archaeological work needs a map.

Such maps can be difficult to obtain, because those that are freely available are almost never wholly suitable for their intended purpose. A good map will show at a glance what text would normally take several pages to describe; a poor one can detract from the impact of its book or article.

I use QGIS software to create maps, having learned the system in a course offered by the University of Oxford's Department of Continuing Education. I recommend maps that are to the point and free from unnecessary clutter, and suggest following the conventions used by international news services, such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, or France 24. These typically use vector layers and attribute tables to show only what is most essential to the story being covered, and their principles can easily be adapted to academic purposes.

In cases where it is desirable to show landscape features, I recommend an underlying raster layer of the type that may be found at the Natural Earth website, but I am able to create a map to your exact specifications.

Please see the examples below, and contact me if I can be of service.

Colour vector map    Greyscale vector map    Colour raster map 1    Colour raster map 2    Greyscale raster map

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