General information

Module title Geographic Information Systems (Gis) For Archaeological Heritage Protection And Management – Basics
Language English
Module lecturer Lidia Żuk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Archeology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 35
USOS code 05-WA-01


Module aim (aims)

The main aim of the course is to provide the theoretical and practical background for applying GIS software for archaeologists. The course will consider the up-to-date application of Geographical Information Systems in archaeological research including their use for mapping and analyzing archaeological sites and landscapes, and to explain the broader context of their application to a range of archaeological research and management problems. The course will provide hands-on experience with acquiring and managing data, summarizing results, spatial analysis, and map production. Students will get knowledge how to design research strategies that make use of a digital workflow and emerging geospatial tools. Another goal is to get skills in using techniques for assembling relevant spatial datasets for a given study area and ensuring their analytical compatibility as well as the analysis of spatial patterns and geographically situated archaeological phenomena. The course will allow students to develop their approaches to disseminating and archiving results emphasizing digital methods. These include detailed data sets for archaeological reports, building strategies for protecting and management of archaeological heritage as well as and map design using established cartographic principles. The course will be based on open-source software.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1: Basic terms: raster, vector, project preparation, geographic projection, layers (5 hrs)

Week 2: Source of spatial data (on-line data, acquired data, visualization, georeferencing) (5 hrs)

Week 3: Basics of data base building (import data, digitization) (5 hrs)

Week 4: Spatial analysis 1 (4 hrs)

Week 5: Spatial analysis 2 (4 hrs)

Week 6: Thematic map production (4 hrs)

Week 7: Student’s project preparation and presentation (3 hrs)

+ 5 hrs tutorial

Reading list

Aldenderfer M., Maschner H.D.G. 1996. Anthropology, space and geographic information systems, Oxford University Press.
Allen K.M.S., Green S., Zubrow E.B.W. 1990. Interpreting space: GIS and archaeology, Applications of Geographic Information Systems. CRC Press
Chapman H. 2006. Landscape Archaeology and GIS. The History Press.
Chrysanthi A., Flores P. M., Papadopoulos C. (eds.) 2012. Thinking beyond the tool: archaeological computing and the interpretive process, Oxford: ArchaeoPress, BAR International Series 2344.
Conolly J., Lake, M. 2012. Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press (online publication)
Gillings M., Hacigüzeller P., Lock, G. R. (eds.) 2019. Re-mapping archaeology: critical perspectives, alternative mappings. Abingdon, Oxon, New York: Routledge.
Lock G.R., Stancic Z. (eds) 1995. Archaeology and geographical information systems: a European perspective. London, Bristol: Taylor & Francis
Maschner H.D.G 1996. New methods, old problems: geographical information systems in modern archaeological research. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Lock G.R. (ed) 2000. Beyond the map: archaeology and spatial technologies. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
Neubauer W. 2004. GIS in Archaeology – the Interface between Prospection and Excavation, Archaeological Prospection 11: 159-166.
Wheatley D., Gillings M. 2002. Spatial technology and archaeology. London, UK: Taylor & Francis
QGIS User Guide – on line
Scianna A., Villa B. 2011. GIS Applications in archaeology, Archeologia e Calcolatori 22: 337-363