ARCH07029 2019 Digital Archaeology

General Details

Full Title
Digital Archaeology
Transcript Title
Digital Archaeology
70 %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Frances Lucy, Sam Moore, Shirley Markley
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Applied Archaeology

This module will provide students with introductory knowledge necessary to create, curate, interpret and present archaeological data produced by a variety of digital processes, including photography, 3D modelling and other digital media. It includes basic introductions to photographic editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Gimp; vector drawing software including Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape; photogrammetry software including 3D Zephyr, agisoft photoscan, meshlab and sketchfab.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify methodologies and technologies of digital archaeology, including methods such as remote sensing, GIS, laser scanning, photogrammetry


Demonstrate an ability to use a range of these technologies


Analyze the impact of digital technologies on archeological research


Understand the role of digital media in collecting, archiving and disseminating archaeological data and results


Communicate the role of digital technologies to a peer audience

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures and computer laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

This is broken down into the creation of a digitally based archaeological project using a range of digital techniques, which is discussed with the course tutor by week 4 and is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Computer laboratory based on-going assessments provide 30% of the overall marks

Two presentations worth 5% and 15% respectively make up the remaining marks. The presentations are both based on the content and description of the student project. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Module Dependencies

ARCH07047 201900 Landscape Archaeology

Indicative Syllabus

Topics in this module include digital photography of artefacts, buildings and landscapes, along with photogrammetry and manipulating digital images using standard software packages. The course also explores  the digitisation of analogue data using vector drawing software to create site plans. Students will be introduced to 3-d scanning, Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI) and UAV surveying. Archiving and the role of digital media is also examined.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of project 1 Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % Week 8 1,2,3,4,5
2 Computer laboratory assessments Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Presentation of project 2 Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5
4 Digital Archaeology Project Continuous Assessment Project 50 % Week 13 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Computer Laboratory computer sessions 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005-11-24 Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory Routledge
ISBN 0415310482 ISBN-13 9780415310482

The use of computers in archaeology is entering a new phase of unparalleled development, moving on from a specialist methodology on the margins to a powerful practical and analytical tool used across all areas of archaeological interest. With a thorough examination of the ways in which both everyday and cutting-edge technologies can be used to inform and enhance traditional methods, this book brings together ideology from the academic world and pragmatic, concrete examples to show how fieldwork, theory and technology fit together today as never before. Covering a history of the rise of computer use in archaeology as well as a thorough assessment of a number of high profile examples such as the Ferrybridge Chariot, this book shows how new technologies have been implemented into both theory and method as an integral part of the archaeological process. With contributions from renowned experts, experienced professionals and emerging names in the field, this unique, forward-thinking book brings together previously disparate aspects of archaeology in a new holistic approach to the study of the past. A companion website is also available to allow further study of the images included.

Required Reading
2003-04-03 Using Computers in Archaeology Routledge
ISBN 0415167701 ISBN-13 9780415167703

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

This is a fast-changing field, however the following are useful texts

Connolly J. and Lake, M. 2006.  Geographical information systems in Archaeology. Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology.  CUP.

Evans, TL and Daly, P. 2006. Digital Archaeology: bridging method and theory.  Routledge

MacDonald, L. 2006.  Digital Heritage: applying digital imaging to cultural heritage.  Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford

Journal Resources

Huggett, J., 2015. A manifesto for an introspective digital archaeology. Open Archaeology1(1).

Morgan, C. and Eve, S., 2012. DIY and digital archaeology: what are you doing to participate?. World Archaeology44(4), pp.521-537.

URL Resources

SMR Republic of Ireland and National Monuments

SMR Northern Ireland


For a list of Irish archaeological related databases


For soil type, geology, hydrology and other map data for Republic of Ireland


For LiDAR and topographic data


For converting Co-ordinates e.g. from Irish National Grid to Irish Transverse Mercator


For place names and digital resources (maps and manuscripts)


For folklore and school’s folklore commission


For townlands, parishes, baronies, counties


Archaeological Data Service UK - Digital repository and useful links/resources/advice in digital recording


British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) Useful links, directories etc Good link to software for archaeologists


Digital Repository Ireland – Irish humanities, social sciences and cultural heritage data


Glacial movement to Holocene map


Online sources

National Library of Ireland Online content (click box beneath search window for online only) – good collection of images and limited selection of primary sources online

Documents of Ireland - Digitisation of primary sources for Ireland

This includes the Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT)

Voices from the Dawn – Folklore and Prehistory of Ireland and a useful method to visit different sites in Ireland virtually

Down Survey Maps – 17th maps of Ireland and primary source data relating to late 1600s

Aerial photographs from Cambridge Survey from 1950s

Irish public libraries cultural heritage project has a wide range of different online sources including some sample of EIS

and much, much more digitized records and archival material

For heritage publications, advice and heritage policy

For National Inventory of Architectural Heritage


Digital Imaging

For RTI see: - plug-in for filters

Other Resources


Additional Information