Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet

Archaeology and Ancient History: Digital Archaeology, GIS in Archaeology


Course code: ARKN09
Swedish title: Arkeologi och antikens historia: Digital arkeologi, GIS i arkeologi
ECTS credits: 15


Study period: spring 2020
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2020-01-20 – 2020-03-27
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: Archaeology and Ancient History: B.A. Course - Level 3 (ARKK01) or the equivalent
Application code: LU-70201

Introductory meeting: 2020-01-23 at 09.15 – 11.00: SOL:A035d PC-sal

Teachers: Nicolo Dell'Unto


The course introduces the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis in archaeological contexts. In archaeology, we often gather spatial data with varying scales, from the distribution of artefacts in a limited excavation area, to the extent of ancient monuments in a defined district or an entire region. Being able to analyze, interpret and communicate spatial patterns is a very important part of the archaeological and antiquarian practice. This course provides an understanding of how spatial data is collected, via a total station, differential GPS, remote sensing, map libraries, etc., and combined into a geodatabase. The overall objective of this course is to provide knowledge of GIS, its technologies and applications in a broad sense to model, simulate, visualize and communicate archaeological data and interpretations. The analysis is based on a variety of data, such as inventories (FMIS), digital elevation models, environmental data, historical maps, etc. Questions regarding spatial patterns, visibility, networking, simulation of landscape and resource use, settlement locations (predictive modelling), are handled analytically.


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