Geographic Information Systems in History and Archaeology

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EDG805 Geographic Information Systems in History and Archaeology

Professor: Markos KATSIANIS

The course explores the theoretical and methodological backgrounds related to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in History and Archeology and attempts to provide a practical understanding of the techniques used to acquire, manage and visualize spatial information in historical and archaeological applications. In the course the students will learn basic procedures for the integration, processing, analysis and presentation of spatial data and will become familiar with the use of popular GIS software packages through application examples using existing research data at the levels of excavation, landscape and/or the urban environment.

Upon successful completion of the course the students are able:

  • to assess the importance of studying the spatial imprint of historical and archaeological information
  • to understand the theoretical implications that GIS and spatial analysis bring into History and Archaeology
  • to have hands-on experience with widespread software packages (QGIS, ArcGIS)
  • to navigate in a GIS environment and create a GIS project
  • to build effective spatial and thematic queries
  • to understand the concept of cartographic scale and generalization
  • to digitize data sets, georeference images and perform basic analyzes on raster data (e.g. DEM)
  • to compose effective maps.

Course outline

Companions

  1. ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΗ ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΚΩΝ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΩΝ (GIS), PAUL A. LONGLEY, MICHAEL F. GOODCHILD, DAVID J. MAGUIRE, DAVID W. RHIND (Eudoxus code: 13894)
  2. Εισαγωγή στη γραφική σημειολογία, Σιδηρόπουλος Γεώργιος (Eudoxus code: 29945)
  3. ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΑ ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΚΩΝ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΩΝ: Θεωρητική προσέγγιση και εργαστηριακές ασκήσεις, Καϊμάρης Ε. Δημήτριος, Καρανικόλας Νικόλαος (Eudoxus code: 41963447)