11:00-12:30 (Egypt) / 10:00-11:30 (UK)

Note: Participants should be prepared to use their audio and webcam during groupwork.

This short course of three 1.5 hour sessions will give participants a basic understanding of the nature and operation of a GIS and how it can be used in Egyptian archaeology. In each session we will cover an aspect of GIS, before practicing relevant skills using participants computers and the open-source GIS software QGIS. By the end of the course participants will understand the principles behind GIS; how GIS look and work; how to load, style, label, select and export existing vector and raster data; how to import, georeference and compare relevant raster sources; and how to edit, create, merge and query vector shapefiles.

This course is intended for those working, or training to work, in Egypt. 

Please complete the pre-event survey before registering. A post-event survey will be sent following the skills session. Both are required before an attendance certificate can be issued. 

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays 11th, 18th, and 25th August 2021, 10:00-11:30 (UK) / 11:00-12:30 (Egypt)


For the practical part of the course participants 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. Please note that these are the minimum specifications and if you have access to a choice of machines a higher specification computer will perform better. Please also note that QGIS does not currently operate on Chromebooks. 


Dr Hannah Pethen is an independent researcher and Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool, with over 13 years' experience in British commercial archaeology, Egyptology, archival and collections research. She specialises in the contextualisation of archaeological material in the field, the museum and the archive through Geographic Information Systems, satellite remote-sensing, and digital methods of presentation and interpretation. Hannah teaches GIS courses for the EES and at Southend University and is chair of the Essex Egyptology Society.


Bookings will close on Monday 9th August 2021. Only 20 tickets are available for this event. 

Register in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Skills sessions have a limited attendance capacity, so please only sign up if you’re confident that you can attend. We recommend that you join our online events using a PC or laptop.

This is a live session and will not be offered as a recording.

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the event begins.

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