This project was created by Will Richards, Tom Choi, and David Coleman. We are all seniors at Carleton, and we’ve all enjoyed this class. There are two primary elements to the project: a map of the discovered shipwrecks from 0-1500 AD, and a series of historical summaries of nine ancient port cities. Also included are a brief analysis of the dataset and the trends within it along with a description of the processes we made use of in the creation of this project. Enjoy!
David, Tom, and Will
10 Replies to “DTW Final Ancient Port and Shipwreck Map”
Wow guys, this site is very impressive. You built this from scratch?? Seems very complete, very interactive, and very stylish. I know who I’m going to ask to build my personal biography website. Spoiler: It’s you guys.
Glad you like it. I would start by asking Will and Tom for website help. If they can’t do any of the advanced stuff, come to me.
Impressive project! Are there date values associated with each wreck (it would appear so because you have a graph showing cargo over time)? If a time value is accepted then an animated or timeline sliding map would be a cool interactive addition.
The original dataset provided start date and end date parameters referring to the earliest and latest estimates of the ship’s date of sinking. I averaged those to get our Date variable. We theoretically can use that to create the animated or sliding timeline map you’re describing, but it would be a lot of work to create it from scratch like the other aspects of our project.
Thanks Chris! If one were to animate a timeline, they may want to consider using the powerful geotemporal tools offered by an arcGIS platform. If we were to use such a platform, implementing a time slider animation feature would be fairly straightforward. Here is a link to a tutorial of how to create time slider with arcGIS!
Awesome work guys. Just out of curiosity, do you plan on making more changes to the website as time goes on (regarding the aesthetic especially)?
You site and map look absolutely beautiful! I like how you tailored the way you present each type of information, like having the process be a power-point while each port has its own page.
Honestly I loved your write up for every single major port in the ancient times, that was the page I enjoyed the most!
I’m really glad you liked it – lots of time was spent researching the ports.
This project came together very nicely, and I love the fact that you rolled your own website and web-based GIS from scratch. You worked together well as a team to break down the different parts of the project and each contributed in your existing areas of strength while all pushing forward together to learn new things. Excelsior!
The final product is very effective at displaying the information, but I do wish you had been able to find stronger correlations between your dataset and the ports you identified. Their historical summaries provide a good sense of shipping in ancient and medieval Europe as a broad phenomenon, but it would have been great if a stronger argument had emerged from your analyses. That said, your various processes culminated in a very attractive, interactive and informative site — good work!