Archaeological Excavation Methods and Surveying - obligatory classes 2800-AOSUR-1BA
Exercises and laboratories, serving as a frame of the classes, are aimed at
broadening common knowledge about the subject and familiarizing with
the use of methodology of archaeological work. Training and practice will
be key elements of obtaining knowledge of how to use the methods and
techniques of measuring, computing and visualization. Archaeological
documentation experience on data management, obtaining information and
organizing knowledge about specific sites is expected as a possible result
and effect of the course.
The program of the classes consists of:
1. Compiling components of the archaeological site plan.
2. Calibration of photographic documentation.
3. Basic analysis of the nondestructive works:
a. LiDAR (airborne laser scanning)
b. Geophysical surveys.
c. Aerial imagery.
d. Topographical measurements.
4. Methodological aspects of surveying for archaeological purposes.
5. Survey equipment:
a. optical level
b. optical theodolite
c. electronic tachymeter
d. GNSS (global navigation satellite) system
Practical use of survey equipment for archeological documentation:
- topographical measurements
- stakeout and set up of trenches and other archaeological polygons
- registration of the points required for archaeological documentation
Type of course
Basic skills in using dedicated software applications: AutoCAD, Quantum
GIS, SAGA GIS for archaeological purposes.
General working-knowledge of measurement survey equipment used for
excavations and prospection works.
Participants obtain basic skills of assessing possibilities of applying
dedicated equipment and applications for archaeological documentation
Methods & grading criteria
Participation and documentation preparation of the selected archaeological
sites are the most important elements of the final grade. Elementary
knowledge of survey instruments operations for field evaluations will be an
additional part of grade.
Type of classes:
Classes in computer laboratory and outdoor if necessary.
Additional information (registration calendar, class conductors, localization and schedules of classes), might be available in the USOSweb system: