An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists

Course details

From £230.00

Thu 27 Feb 2020
9.00am - 4.30pm

An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists


In recent years, GIS has fundamentally transformed the way spatial data is collated, analyzed and interpreted. In this respect, it is an extremely powerful tool for archaeologists with many professional heritage services companies now utilizing the technology for detailed spatial analysis of a wide spectrum of projects including Historic Landscape Characterisation studies, field walking projects, archaeological excavations and evaluations. This course will provide participants with a working knowledge of GIS software and its practical applications for use in archaeology and is aimed at those working in fieldwork or in the office within development-led archaeology, acting in supervisory or project officer roles. It is recommended that participants should have some prior understanding of how archaeological projects are usually carried out and a basic understanding of key GIS concepts prior to their attendance.


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: this course contributes to the Knowledge Requirements for

AC2      Conduct non-intrusive investigations


AC8      Undertake analysis and interpretation


AB2      Develop and agree objectives for projects



Programme details


8.30am               Registration and coffee/tea

9.00am               Welcome

9.15am                Introduction to GIS

                                - Key concepts and principles

                                - Examples of how GIS is used in archaeology

10.30am             Coffee/tea

10.45am             Using GIS software: Practical Session I

                                - useful tools to know about       

12.45pm             Lunch

1.30pm                Using GIS software: Practical Session II

                                - creating features

                                - Attribute data

3.00pm                Coffee/tea

3.15pm                Making a Map

                                -  How to effectively utilise Symbology

                                -  Using templates

                                -  Publishing deliverables

4.15pm                 Final discussion and questions

4.30pm                Course concludes




Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £230.00
Baguette Lunch £5.00
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Jake Streatfeild-James


Jake Streatfeild-James is Principal Geomatics Officer at Cotswold Archaeology based at their Milton Keynes office.

Jonathan Bennett

Course Director

Jonathan Bennett is Principal Geomatics Officer at Cotswold Archaeology based at their Kemble office. He has worked in professional archaeology for 11 years, with 7 years’ experience in geomatics and illustration.  As Principle Geomatics Officer he has gained specialist knowledge in survey, mapping in ArcGIS, geospatial analysis, Lidar visualisation, deposit modelling and 3d visualisations. He also spent a year as Acting Senior Illustrator at Cotswold Archaeology.  He has played a key role in enhancing Cotswold Archaeology’s GIS capabilities and was responsible for the recent installation and delivery of ArcGIS for server. He has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.


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Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.