Institute of Archaeology


SHULGI: A Geospatial Tool for Modelling Human Movement and Interaction

This transportation modeling project focused on creating a geospatial simulation environment for understanding movement in modern and ancient urban landscapes.

Case study results have focused on the ancient city of Kerkenes Dag, which was a 1st millennium BC city in central Anatolia. This study integrated both modelling techniques with fieldwork methodology for recovering data that has since validated modelling results for Kerkenes Dag.

Related outputs

  • Altaweel, M. and Wu, Y. 2010. Route selection and pedestrian traffic: Applying an integrated modeling approach to understanding movement. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences 4(2).

  • Branting, S., Wu, Y., Shrikrishnan, Altaweel, M. 2007. SHULGI: A geospatial tool for modeling human movement and interaction. Proceedings of the Agent 2007 Conference: Complex Interaction and Social Emergence.


  • Department of Energy (US)