Aux quatre vents

Landscapes and archaeology, mostly...

Meet Senscape, a toolbox for analysis of human landscape experience

Viewshed analysis plugin for QGIS has been evolving (slowly) and eventually acquired a new habitat: the Processing toolbox. It can now be used in custom models and scripts similar to other Processing providers (such as SAGA or GRASS). The transformation was not a simple one and the whole thing i...

Visibility analysis, release 0.5.4:
modelling the horizon

Visibility analysis plugin for QGIS is prospering quite well. As of writing, it counts some 20 000 downloads and a bunch of « votes », which means that at least several thousand people are using it. (Although, it does feel uncomfortable knowing that any potential error would risk a blame-storm ….)

Pebbles, faces and landscapes:
the archaeology of simulacra

Several weeks ago I stumbled upon an amusing article on a museum displaying pebbles and rocks resembling human faces, situated in Chichibu, Japan. The stones are called jinmenseki (珍石) and one should be able to recognise human faces in their naturally occurring dents and holes.

Natural places and archaeology

First time I heard of something like “natural places” was some ten years ago at a conference in Slovenia. Several, mostly young researchers were proud to demonstrate an existence of non-man-made features on their sites, features that apparently gained a symbolic value before or during human habit...