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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Admission requirements



This course teaches the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological fieldwork and analyses. Spatial research methods made possible by this technology will be the center of this course, both in theory and practice.

Course set-up


  • 2 hours of online lectures;

  • 4 hours of computer practical;

  • 4 hours of literature study, questions and online forum discussions.

Course objectives

  • Gaining insight into the way in which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are currently used in archaeology. The technical aspects as well as their applications will be discussed;

  • Learning how to manage and analyse spatial archaeological data;

  • Ability to make simple (distribution) maps in a GIS for your own research.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • (Online) lectures;

  • Practical sessions with compulsory attendance;

  • Online discussion sessions with compulsory participation.

Course load

  • 14 hours of (online) lectures (1 ec);

  • 28 hours of practical sessions including a final assignment (2 ec);

  • ca. 28 hours of reading and online discussions (1 ec);

  • 287 pages of literature (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Written open-book exam (100%).

You will only receive the exam result if you have attended all the practical sessions.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Reading list

James Conolly, J & Lake, M. 2006. Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 978-0-521-79744-3.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact drs. M. (Milco) Wansleeben.


  • Practical sessions with compulsory attendance.;

  • Enroll in the same group number for Bioarchaeology and Geographic Information Systems (e.g. if you are in group 101 for Bioarchaeology, choose 101 for GIS as well).