Archaeology Marine archaeology ORCA

GIS in Maritime Archaeology Course

DSC_0133 editedThe University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are running a Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Part III course: GIS in Maritime Archaeology at Orkney College. 30th and 31st July 2016.

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Venue: Orkney College, Kirkwall
  • Dates: 30th -31st July
  • Tutors: Sandra Henry, Mark Littlewood
  • Qualification: The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Part III course – QGIS
  • Cost: £140

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is frequently used to create accurate maps with data attached that can be viewed, analysed and published for dissemination.

This two-day introductory course will provide an overview of features in QGIS – a freely available GIS software package commonly used by archaeologists. Although focussing on this particular programme, the skills and procedure students are introduced to can be used in other GIS programmes (such as ArcGIS, gvSIG, GRASS GIS). Comparisons will be made with these other programmes during the course.

During the two-day course students will be introduced to:

  • Why do we use GIS?
  • How to set up a GIS – map, projections, file-paths, toolboxes and other house-keeping
  • Data sources-where to find accessible maps and other resources
  • How to add these datasets to the GIS
  • Geo-rectifying -providing spatial references for images and maps
  • Other common GIS tools
  • Digitising features through the creation of points, lines and polygons
  • Attach data to these features within an attribute table
  • Interrogation and analysis of spatial data through querying
  • Linking databases
  • How to display data – creating figures for publication and research dissemination

Students will be provided with datasets and will gain experience using the programme through a series of practical exercises.

To reserve a place on this course please contact:

Sandra Henry, Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX. E-mail:  or Tel: +44 (0)1856 569 223

Or download an application form GIS Booking Form and e-mail to or send to the address above