ARCH07041 2019 Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists
Transcript Title
Introduction to GIS for Archae
Code
ARCH07041
Attendance
75 %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Frances Lucy, James Bonsall
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
Description

Students are introduced to geographic information systems (GIS) and their application in Archaeological sciences using toolboxes and spatial queries. A range of data compilation and data interrogation processes are introduced in order to provide the student with competence in a range of tabular and spatial data manipulation and presentation tasks, including the creation of original maps, digitising post-excavation plans and interrogating existing datasets to make meaningful interpretations of the archaeological landscape. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Create spatial and tabular data within a GIS environment

2.

Query and identify features using logical expressions and spatial relationships

3.

Work with GIS functions to assign symbology, manage labels and produce customised map documents

4.

Interrogate datasets to create meaningful interpretations of the archaeological landscape

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. The student will be assessed for their ability to create unique maps to a publishable industry standard, to carry out a series of problem solving exercises from the perspective of a planning officer, and an in-class exam designed to test all aspects of their GIS knowledge and ability.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Create spatial and tabular data within a GIS environment

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Using GIS Software
  • Creating a New Map
  • Digitising an Original Drawing

Query and identify features using logical expressions and spatial relationships

  • Basic Queries
  • Advanced SQL

Work with GIS functions to assign symbology, manage labels and produce customised map documents

  • Symbology
  • Import and display Lidar Data
  • Create 3D animations
  • Create hillshade models

Interrogate datasets to create meaningful interpretations of the archaeological landscape

  • Buffering spatial features
  • Point density analysis
  • Heat maps
  • Intervisibility

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Create a Map based on data supplied Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 2 1
2 Digitise a post-excavation drawing Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 4 1,3
3 Planning Archaeologist Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 7 2,3
4 In-class Exam Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 45 % Week 15 2,4

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory GIS Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2006-05-04 Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology) Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521793300 ISBN-13 9780521793308
Required Reading
2006-08-01 Landscape Archaeology and GIS The History Press
ISBN 9780752436036 ISBN-13 9780752436036
Recommended Reading
2011-07-01 In the Lowlands of South Galway: Archaeological Excavations on the N18 Oranmore to Gort National Road Scheme (NRA Scheme Monographs) National Roads Authority
ISBN 095641804X ISBN-13 9780956418043

x, 225 pages : illustrations, chiefly color ; 25 cm + 1 CD. The history of south Galway is not the history of its towns and villages alone. That much is clear from the archaeological discoveries described in this book by John Tierney and Finn Delaney of Eachtra Archaeological Projects. The new road has brought to light many forgotten stories about the people who occupied the countryside in rural south Galway in prehistory and early history. The book presents stories from the Bronze Age, the early medieval period and the early modern period in particular. Thousands of years separate the Bronze Age people who used the burnt mounds around Caherweelder from the early medieval people buried at Owenbristy, or from the tenants of the pre-Famine cottages in Roevehagh. Each of these communities led very different lives different from each other's and, of course, very different from our own. What they have in common, however, is that they all left abiding marks in the landscape, capable of being read and interpreted by contemporary archaeologists, and retold in this book.

Module Resources