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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)



Bachelor year 2.

Admission requirements

45 ec of the Bachelor Archaeology first year obtained.


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 centre of this course, both in theory and practice.

Set-up of the course:

  • 2 hours of lecture

  • 4 hours of computer practical

  • 4 hours of discussion sessions about literature

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 the BA2 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Practical sessions with compulsory attendance;

  • Discussion 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);

  • 28 hours of discussion sessions (1 ec);

  • 287 pages of literature (1 ec).

Assessment method

Written exam.

You will only receive the exam result if you have attended all the practical and discussion 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 via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


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


Practical and discussion sessions with compulsory attendance.