In order to distinguish the sites on the map by time period and component (farming sites vs herding sites, etc.), I’ve uploaded a series of color-coded custom icons for the class to use when adding sites to the map.
I’ve chosen four simple symbols for the four basic site types you’re mostly likely to add to the map:
hunting-gathering, farming, herding, and mixed subsistence (a site that has more than one of the previous three). When adding a point to the map that represents a site, choose the icon that bests fits that site.
The important thing to remember is to select the appropriate shape/color combination for the site type you’re mapping.
Below are the blank icons for reference:
Mixed subsistence site:
Because the whole world does not fit neatly into one chronological system (e.g., the “Neolithic” happens at different times in Western Europe vs. the Middle East), I’ve broken prehistory up into absolute date ranges. Each of these time frames has an associated color you should use when mapping sites or regions specific to that date range. When defining the sub-regions for your assigned geographic area, use black.
The color code scheme can be found here.
(If I figure out how to embed the chart on this page I will update it later!)
I’ve already uploaded the custom icons to our map – all you need to do is select the right one, using the information above, when you’re adding points (sites) to the map.
To do this:
In the legend on the left, click the layer where you want to add an icon. Make sure there’s at least one placemark on the layer.
In the left panel, hover over the placemark and click the color icon Color.
Click More icons.
Remember, select the appropriate shape/color combination for the site type you’re mapping.
As you can see, there are 28 (!) icons to choose from so make sure to pick the right color/site type combination.