Exploring Egyptian Landscapes with GIS and landscape archaeology

with Dr Hannah Pethen, British Museum

Satellite imagery, geographic positioning, and radar scanning have changed how archaeologists research Egyptian landscapes. This day course introduces participants to the current state of this research and provides the opportunity for them to investigate real sites using a geographic information system (GIS).  After an introduction to the many different types of research that can be undertaken using GIS, participants will learn some of these methods for themselves using open-source GIS software and material from some of the most interesting sites in Egypt. During these exercises participants will have the satisfaction of answering spatial questions about artefact distribution, use satellite imagery to identify and record archaeological features and experience the thrill of creating their own three-dimensional topographic model of an archaeological site. No prior experience of GIS is necessary, as the course is intended as a practical introduction to GIS for students, and appropriate tuition and assistance will be available throughout.

For the exercises on the day, students will need a basic understanding of computing and a modern laptop computer running a Windows Vista/7/8/10, Mac or Linux operating system, with a minimum CPU speed of at least 2.2GHz, at least 8GB of RAM and at least 1GB hard drive.

Participants should be current students of Egyptology, archaeology or related disciplines, or have graduated in the last five years. Case studies will focus on Egyptian archaeology only. 

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