Advanced Digital Archaeology


Course Objective

This course offers an in-depth overview of the position, development and
application of the most relevant digital methods in (landscape)
archaeology. The course is structured around practicals that are
designed to develop archaeological data management and analysis skills
to solve specific research questions, using
- GIS and remote sensing tools
- descriptive statistics, sampling methods and hypothesis testing
- basic multivariate statistics
- basic simulation modelling tools

The practicals will be centered on questions of site location analysis,
detection of archaeological and landscape features, discovering patterns
in (landscape) archaeological datasets and making predictions and
estimations from archaeological samples.

A laptop is required for this course, preferably running the Windows
operating system. All necessary software will be made available to the
students during the course.

Course Content

1. Acquiring advanced knowledge of digital methods and techniques used
to collect and analyse (landscape) archaeological data and to answer
(landscape) archaeological research questions.
2. Acquiring insight in the position of digital methods and techniques
in (landscape) archaeology, and acquiring knowledge about current
developments in digital approaches in the discipline.
3. Acquiring practical skills in applying a number of specific digital
methods and techniques, focusing on data management, analysis and
visualisation (in particular statistics, GIS and remote sensing, and
simulation modelling).

Teaching Methods

Combined lectures and practicals, 2 x 3 hrs per week.

Method of Assessment

For each practical, a graded assignment needs to be completed. Each of
these assignments is weighed equally for the final grade.


Conolly, J., Lake, M., Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology,
Cambridge Manual in Archaeology, 2006
Drennan, R.D. Statistics for Archaeologists, a no-nonsense approach. 2n
Ed. 2009. Springer.

All other literature will be made available to the students during the

Target Audience

3rd year BA Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Ancient Studies and History

Additional Information

This module is part of the minor Geoarchaeology, but can also be
followed independently as an elective.

Recommended background knowledge

Some basic experience in working with GIS, databases and statistics is

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALG061
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen
Examiner dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen
Teaching Staff dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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