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OUDCE – An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists

27 February - 09:00 - 16:30

In recent years, GIS has fundamentally transformed the way spatial data is collated, analyzed and interpreted. In this respect, it is an extremely powerful tool for archaeologists with many professional heritage services companies now utilizing the technology for detailed spatial analysis of a wide spectrum of projects including Historic Landscape Characterisation studies, field walking projects, archaeological excavations and evaluations. This course will provide participants with a working knowledge of GIS software and its practical applications for use in archaeology and is aimed at those working in fieldwork or in the office within development-led archaeology, acting in supervisory or project officer roles. It is recommended that participants should have some prior understanding of how archaeological projects are usually carried out and a basic understanding of key GIS concepts prior to their attendance.

9.00 am              Welcome

9.15 am              Introduction to GIS

– Key concepts and principles

– Examples of how GIS is used in archaeology

10.30 am            Coffee/tea

10.45 am            Using GIS software: Practical Session I

– useful tools to know about

12.45 pm            Lunch

1.30 pm              Using GIS software: Practical Session II

– creating features

   – Attribute data

3.00 pm              Coffee/tea

3.15 pm              Making a Map

– How to effectively utilise Symbology

   – Using templates

                             – Publishing deliverables

4.15pm               Final discussion and questions

4.30 pm              Course concludes

Course Director: Jon Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is Principal Geomatics Officer at Cotswold Archaeology based at their Kemble office. He has worked in professional archaeology for 11 years, with 7 years’ experience in geomatics and illustration. As Principle Geomatics Officer he has gained specialist knowledge in survey, mapping in ArcGIS, geospatial analysis, Lidar visualisation, deposit modelling and 3d visualisations. He also spent a year as Acting Senior Illustrator at Cotswold Archaeology. He has played a key role in enhancing Cotswold Archaeology’s GIS capabilities and was responsible for the recent installation and delivery of ArcGIS for server. He has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.


27 February
09:00 - 16:30
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Oxford University Department for Continuing Education


Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JA United Kingdom
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