The Archaeological & Geographical Information Systems Laboratory


The Institute of Archaeology Archaeological and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (the AGIS Lab) is a postgraduate research and teaching facility designed to assist and encourage computer-based research across a wide range of sub-fields in archaeology. The AGIS Lab facilitates practical applications such as digital cartography, server and client-side databases, image processing, ground-, air and satellite-based remote sensing, statistical analysis, computational modelling, simulation and landscape visualisation.

We run two Linux servers and nine PC workstations, along with an A1 digitising tablet, A1 and A4 scanners and both colour and greyscale printers. In addition to providing access to UCL's central provisions for software, the lab also provides local installations of the following specialist packages: Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Archeosurveyor, Autodesk Map 3D, Eclipse, ENVI, Google Earth, Paraview, PostgreSQL and PostGIS, Idrisi, Inkscape, Landserf, GIMP, GRASS GIS, gvSIG, Mapserver, Netlogo, QGIS, PAUP, R and RePast.

Training in lab software and equipment is conducted primarily through various taught MA and MSc courses. These currently include Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology I (ARCLG090), Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology II (ARCGL091), Spatial Analysis in Archaeology (ARCLG117), Research and Presentation Skills for Spatial Analysis (ARCLG118), Model-building in Archaeology (ARCLG055) and Remote Sensing in Archaeology (ARCLG207).

Several ongoing fieldwork projects also make use of the laboratory's facilities, including among others, the International Merv Project, the Antikythera Survey Project, the Çatalhöyük Research Project, the Kythera Island Project and the Thames Discovery Project.

If you have any questions relating to the use of these facilities, please contact Andy Bevan or Mark Lake.

In addition to the specialised facilities detailed above, UCL provides computing facilities to all students and staff. Direct access to these facilities is provided through 'cluster rooms' located in the Institute of Archaeology, as well as throughout the College. Information about UCL computing facilities can be found here.

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