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This short course of three 1.5-hour sessions, set over three weeks, 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 practising relevant skills using participants' computers and the open-source GIS software QGIS. Participants can also complete the tasks asynchronously, with the help of the instruction manual and videos.

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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.

At the end of each session, participants can export a product for submission to the tutor, demonstrating their skills. On submission of all three products, participants will earn a completion certificate.

Skills Session Outline

Please note that main content will be delivered between 13:00-14:30, though you may be expected to review or submit work beyond that time. 

Wednesday 17 April 2024, 13:00-14:30 (UK time)
Week One - Introduction to GIS - make a simple map

Wednesday 24 April 2024, 13:00-14:30 (UK time)
Week Two - Coordinate systems and georeferencing

Wednesday 1 May 2024, 13:00-14:30 (UK time)
Week Three - Working with Vector data


For the practical part of the course participants will need a basic understanding of computing and a modern laptop computer running a Windows 10, Mac OS High Sierra 10.13, 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. QGIS does not currently operate on Chromebooks or tablets. 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.

Booking and information

Register for your place in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about your booking. Links for joining the event will be sent by email closer to the start date. If you do not receive your email, then please check your junk folders before contacting the Egypt Exploration Society. The skills session will be held on our Zoom platform and attendees will be able to interact by asking questions, using the chat and polls. It is not necessary to have a working webcam, but a microphone would be beneficial for this skills session. The skills session will be complemented by Google Drive, where resources will be uploaded.

Event tickets are only refundable if notice is provided at least two weeks prior to the event start date.

If this event becomes fully booked, please click the book now button to join the waiting list. We will email you if a place becomes available for this event, so you may reconfirm your interest in attending this skills session.

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


Dr Hannah Pethen

Dr Hannah Pethen

Independent Researcher, Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool

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