GIS in Archaeology

Academic year
Subject Area
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Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Methods

The seminar will be based on a theoretical component, with resort to dynamic audiovisual media to exemplify the presented subjects, and on a more practical component directed towards the use of software related to the subject of teaching, under tutoring in the learning and evaluation of progress, solving exercises related to specific problems of the profession of archaeologist.

Learning Outcomes

This course unit aims to introduce students to the basic functioning principles of the Geographical Information Systems and to present their potential of application to Archaeology through various specific examples. It also encourages the use of GIS software through a progressive learning of the tools needed for this use.

Work Placement(s)



1. Introduction to the Geographical Information Systems.
2. The generalization of the Geographical Information Systems as archaeological tools.
3. Introduction to the Quantum GIS software.
4. Basic tools for storage and representation of geographical data.
5. GIS's and spatial analysis in Archaeology.
6. 3D technologies applied to GIS's.

Head Lecturer(s)

Professor a Definir - Faculdade de Letras

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment
Resolution Problems: 50.0%
Research work: 50.0%


GARCÍA SANJUÁN, L.; WHEATLEY, D. W.; MURRIETA FLORES, P.; MÁRQUEZ PÉREZ; J. (2009) Los SIG y el análisis espacial en Arqueología. Aplicaciones en la Prehistoria reciente del sur de España. Arqueología Nàutica Mediterrànea. p.163-180
LOCK, G. (2009) Archaeological computing then and now: theory and practice, intentions and tensions. Archeologia e calcolatori. 20 p.75-84
LLOBERA, M. (2006) Arqueología del paisaje en el siglo XXI. Reflexiones sobre el uso de los SIG y modelos matemáticos. La aplicación de los SIG en la arqueología del paisaje. p.109-124
OSÓRIO, M.; SALGADO, T. (2012) Estudos de análise espacial com base na Carta Arqueológica Municipal do Sabugal. Actas IV Jornadas Jovens Invest. Arqueológica
MATOS, J. (2001) Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica
SANTOS, P. J. da S. (2006) Aplicações de SIG em Arqueologia. Dissertação de Mestrado - ISEGI (UNL)
WHEATLEY, D.; GILLINGS, M. (2002) Spatial technology and archaeology: the archaeological applications of GIS.