Institute of Archaeology

Remote Sensing in Archaeology


This course provides students with a detailed knowledge of the theory, method, equipment and software associated with terrestrial, airborne and satellite remote sensing in archaeology. It allows students to develop key skills frequently expected in a commercial environment and will also be of interest to those pursuing academic research in landscape archaeology.

Students acquire hands-on understanding of practical methods for data capture, processing algorithms and formal analysis of the results, as well as how remote sensing can be used to develop appropriate archaeological inferences. The course considers topographic survey, ground-based geophysical prospection as well a plane and/or space-borne sensors. Students will make use of a range of both commercial and Open Source software including ArcGIS, GRASS, ENVI and Geoplot. The course is taught using a combination of lectures and practical sessions in the Institute's AGIS laboratory, as well as via a field course. It is assessed via a project portfolio and an essay.

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  • Running in 2017-18

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