|Module title||Data Interpretation And Integration For Building Strategies Of Heritage Protection And Management|
|Module lecturer||Włodzimierz Rączkowski|
|Faculty||Faculty of Archeology|
Module aim (aims)
The course covers issues concerning the interpretation and integration of spatial data acquired using various methods (aerial photographs, satellite images, LiDAR, historic maps, field survey). The collection of information gained is characteristic for each method and is subject to a range of limitations. As standard, archaeologists evaluate the results in terms of their accordance (e.g., the results) with previously formulated expectations. These expectations usually emerge from knowledge held to-date. The application of more than one method gives rise to the “threat” of discrepancies within the results gained. The norm is that the result of one method (that closest to the expectations) is accepted, other methods disregarded. Such an approach is not a reflection of integrated research, despite the use of various methods. In the process of integrating methods in the study of archaeological sites the methods should be treated as mutually supplementary, not competing. In such case the discrepancies in the results become an important pretext for reflection on the cause of such variations, on the “state” of the site, its preservation, stratification processes etc. The integration of methods can and should influence deeper consideration on the significance of the formation processes in order to better understand the resulting phenomena. Different methods permit different types of information about a site to emerge.Students will acquire knowledge on issues related to the interpretation and integration of the results of various methods. Knowledge about archaeological sites and/or landscapes is the basis on which decisions are made concerning their protection and management. Thanks to the course the students will become conscious of the fact that there is no single universal method and it is necessary to integrate the results of many. The students will be able to critically evaluate the results of particular methods used in acquiring information about a site and/or landscape. Such critical evaluation should not lead to the rejection of the results of one of the methods but to consideration of the factors which determined this particular outcome. Students will also develop the ability to critically evaluate the value of certain survey methods and on this basis they will gain the skills to formulate personal opinions on the application of various methods used in the research processes applied in the investigation of archaeological sites and landscapes. By deepening their knowledge of various methods – the potential and limitations, students will be able to carry out rational decisions related to the shaping of conservation policies. This also concerns creating an interdisciplinary team and integrating information from different sources.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Week 1: Data interpretation and integration – theoretical background (3 hrs)
Week 2: Cartographic data vs remote sensing data (3 hrs)
Week 3: GIS as integration of data platform (3 hrs)
Week 4: Problems generated by integration – different data, different knowledge (3 hrs)
Week 5: Case studies – discussion (3 hrs)
Week 6: Project preparation (3 hrs)
Week 7: Project presentations and discussion (2 hrs)
+ 5 hrs turorial
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