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Laboratory work for Digital Archaeology


Admission requirements

BA or BSc degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline, plus the BA2 courses Data analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (or undergraduate courses in Digital Archaeology deemed to be equivalent by the instructor).


This practical course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire hands-on knowledge in a sub-field of Digital Archaeology of your choice as presented in the Digital data acquisition and analysis course.
The exact nature of the work as well as the schedule will be agreed upon between you and the instructor(s), and will depend on your interests and the data available for study. The topic will usually be related to your master’s thesis.

The laboratory work will include the collection and processing of digital data from different sources and/or the acquisition of skills in a relevant software programme, e.g. based on self-guided tutorials, in the computer laboratory.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify and collect digital data from different sources suitable for a pre-defined purpose;

  • select and use suitable tools, e.g. software;

  • process and analyse the data using the tools in order to generate a digital database for a pre-defined purpose.

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Individual assignments;

  • Self-guided study.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 120 hours of laboratory work (4 ec);

  • Report of 1,500-1,800 words (1 ec).

Assessment method

Report (100%).

The report can be retaken once, provided that all requirements have been met, including all laboratory work.

All laboratory work must be completed, and the final report must be submitted, when the 1st draft of the thesis is due (May 1st or November 1st, depending on starting date).

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.

Reading list

Depends on the chosen sub-field of Digital Archaeology.


Registration for the course or the exam is not required.


For more information about his course, please contact dr. K. Lambers.


  • Compulsory attendance.

  • This course has no fixed schedule. The timing of the laboratory work will be individually arranged between student and instructor(s). Upon the instructor’s approval, working from home may partly substitute work in the computer laboratory.