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Laboratory Work for Digital Archaeology


Admission requirements

  • BA or BSc degree in Archaeology or a closely related discipline;

  • Admission to the MSc Archaeology programme Archaeological Science with first focus area Digital Archaeology;

  • BA2 courses Data Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (or undergraduate courses in Digital Archaeology deemed to be equivalent by the instructor) obtained.


This practical course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire hands-on knowledge in a sub-field of Digital Archaeology of your choice as presented in the Digital Data Acquisition and Analysis course.

The exact nature of the work as well as the schedule will be agreed upon between you and the instructor. The topic will usually be related to the topic of your Master’s thesis, such that you can use the laboratory work to lay the foundation of your thesis. This is commonly achieved through the collection and processing of digital data from different sources and/or the acquisition of skills in a relevant software programme, e.g. based on self-guided tutorials, in the computer laboratory.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify and collect digital data from different sources suitable for a pre-defined purpose, e.g. a Master’s thesis;

  • select and use suitable tools, e.g. software;

  • process and analyse the data using the tools in order to generate a digital database for the abovementioned purpose.

Time schedule

To be determined individually.

Mode of instruction

  • Individual assignments;

  • Autonomous study.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 120 hours of laboratory work (4 ec);

  • Report of 1,500-1,800 words (1 ec).

Assessment method

Report (100%).

The report can be retaken once, provided that all requirements have been met, including all laboratory work.

All laboratory work must be completed, and the final report must be submitted, when the 1st draft of the thesis is due (May 1st or November 1st, depending on starting date).

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.

Reading list

Depends on the chosen sub-field of Digital Archaeology.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about his course, please contact dr. K. (Karsten) Lambers.


  • Compulsory attendance.

  • This course has no fixed schedule. The timing of the laboratory work will be individually arranged between student and instructor. Upon the instructor’s approval, working from home may partly substitute work in the computer laboratory.