A Guide to the Ashkelon Volume 7, Iron Age I Web Map

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This is a User Guide to the Ashkelon Volume 7, Iron Age I Web App. Geospatial data for the Iron I period, focusing on Grid 38 at Ashkelon, is presented as an interactive web map where the user can explore architecture, material culture, and faunal remains.

[For more published Ashkelon data for other periods and volumes, see the Ashkelon publication web page.]

Main Features

When the application first opens the default view will be displayed. This consists of the Grid 38 basement. The layer list window will be open with all the layers turned off.

Default view, Grid 38

The top navigation bar at the top right of the application are the primary tools for interacting with the data. The icons from left to right are: Layer list, Legend, Filter, Add data, Measure, Distance and Draw.

Navigation bar

Navigation bar

Layer list contains the main data sets available in this application. A layer must be turned on for its data to be displayed. Layers by default display available data unless a filter is active.

Architecture layer turned on

Architecture layer turned on

Legend displays a color-coded key for all of the activated layers.

Legend for the architectural layer

Legend for the architectural layer

Filter contains premade constraints for each layer. In order to activate a filter a value needs to be selected and it must be toggled on.

Filtering the architecture layer

This filter displays MC Type = Blade and Architectural Period = 19a. Architectural periods are located at the bottom of the filter list.

  • If a filter is toggled on and nothing displays make sure the layer is turned on in the layer list window.
  • Filters for each layer constrain each other. For example, if the MC period filter equals 19a then the only values available in the MC types picklist will be period 19a items.
  • Architecture almost always needs to be constrained by period in order for there to be a coherent layout.
  • Currently there is not a global filter feature that constrains all layers at once. When filtering data such as period each layer must be constrained individually.

Add data allows a user to add their own or additional data layers to the application.

Measure allows a user to calculate the distance or area on the map.

Calculating area

Calculating the square meters of Room 25

Distance provides additional measurement tools.

Draw allows a user to add annotations to the map.

Adding annotation

Adding custom annotations to the map, here a title

Attribute Tables

The Attribute table tab at the bottom center of the application allows access to the data tables that are behind the visual display.

Viewing the attribute tables

Viewing the attribute tables

The tables displayed in the attribute table window synchronize with the layers list as layers are activated and deactivated. If a filter in the navigation bar is active the data results in the attribute table will also be filtered. A user can create new filters by selecting Filter in the options menu of the attribute table pane.

Filtering the attribute table

Filtering the attribute table

The data in the attribute tables can be exported by selecting Export all to CSV in the options menu.

Exporting to CSV

Exporting attribute table data to CSV

Search and Display

The Search bar in the upper left side of the application allows for searching globally or by layer. By default the search is set to all (or global). Individual layers can be selected by clicking on the dropdown arrow.

Search bar

Search bar

The Search bar is a great way to find a specific item and see its context. Click the item to view its pop-up window of additional information.

The triple dot icon at the bottom right of a pop-up contains the additional options of: Pan to, Add a marker, and View in attribute table.

The “More info” link is a permanent citation URL that will take a user to the item’s full database record, published on the web.

Search bar, MC example

Search bar: An MC search for “MC 56189”

Additional Widgets

The floating widgets at the top left side of the application are: About, Report, and Share.

The About icon has additional information about the project and the link to Ashkelon’s web publication page which presents a vast network of published data.

About option

About the application

Report allows an issue with the application to be sent to the app manager.

Share provides options for easy sharing of the application and data through email and social media.


Data presented by this online publication is credited as follows:
GIS shapes and coordinates: Elise Jakoby Laugier
Architectural analysis: Adam Aja and Elise Jakoby Laugier
Pottery analysis: George Pierce and Joshua Walton
Faunal data set: Paula Hesse and Deirdre Fulton
Fish data set: Omri Lernau

Project data is managed by the OCHRE platform and supported by the OCHRE Data Service at the University of Chicago.

Special thanks to Technology Specialist Nicholas Z. Schulte who prepared the data for this publication platform, developed the web app using the ArcGIS Online environment, and wrote this User Guide.