Landscape Approaches


Archaeological survey is an approach to discovering and documenting sites of human activity in ancient landscapes. From satellite imagery to walking across a landscape, survey is an important step in any archaeological project. I have conducted archaeological survey in North America, Ireland, and Romania. In an ongoing project examining Bronze Age lifeways in southwest Transylvania, I have used a combination of remote, geophysical, and pedestrian survey methods to map and record new and previously known sites. Survey provides a cost-effective way of understanding human behavior in the past at increasingly larger scales.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based systems designed to collect, store, analyze, and visualize spatial data. My use of GIS centers on understanding how humans interact with their environment. Through analyses of site placement, economic productivity of landscapes, visibility of monuments, and social networks, I investigate how space influences human decision-making and interactions.


Quinn, C.P., H. Ciugudean, and J. Beck

2020   The Politics of Placing the Dead in Bronze Age Transylvania. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 34A: 102574.

Quinn, C.P. and D. Fivenson

2020   Transforming Legacy Spatial Data into Testable Hypotheses about Socioeconomic Organization. Advances in Archaeological Practice 8(1):65-77.

Quinn, C.P., I. Kuijt, N. Goodale, and J. Ó Néill.

2019   Along the Margins? The Later Bronze Age Seascapes of Western IrelandEuropean Journal of Archaeology  22(1):44-66.

Quinn, C.P. and H. Ciugudean

2018     Settlement placement and socio-economic priorities: Dynamic landscapes in Bronze Age TransylvaniaJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19:936-948.