Anthropology 2020: GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2009

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of how remote sensing data (satellite imagery and aerial photographs) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to visualize and analyze archaeological data. Students will learn basic techniques for acquiring, manipulating and creating geospatial data in several forms, from pixel-based satellite imagery and digital terrain models to point, line and polygon representation of archaeological data. Each week, these techniques will be applied to sample archaeological data, and also to data from a region of interest to and chosen by the student. In addition to lab-based work, students will learn basic field techniques of archaeological survey, including how to navigate and record using a Global Positioning System (GPS) handheld receiver, how to integrate field GPS data into a GIS database, and how to produce maps for fieldwork and publication.