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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Admission requirements

Propedeuse (first year) Archaeology obtained.


This course teaches insight into the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological fieldwork and analyses. The new research methods made possible by this technology will be the centre of this course.

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 GIS for one’s own research.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Practical sessions with compulsory attendance.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of lectures (1 ec);

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

  • 287 pages of literature (2 ec).

Assessment method

Written exam.

You will only receive the exam result if you have attended all the practical sessions, and the final practical assignments have been submitted through BlackBoard.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the BA2 examination schedule.

Reading list

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


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about this course, please contact drs. W.N.H. Laan.


Practical sessions with compulsory attendance.