Universität Wien FIND

060083 VU Introduction to Historic Landscape Analysis Archaeological Approaches to Historic Landscapes (2018S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

060048 UE GIS-applications for archaeologists
or equivalent GIS knowledge



max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Tuesday, 9.30-12, GIS-Labor

06.03, 13.03, 10.04, 17.04, 24.04, 08.05, 22.05, 29.05


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course introduces key concepts for historical landscape analysis through the integrated use of diverse information sources in order to estimate continuity and change in the physical fabric of the modern landscape. The main focus of the course will be on the acquisition, use and critical assessment of historic and archival information for landscape archaeological research. Theoretical and methodological aspects of historic landscape analysis will be explored through lectures, computer-based lab work and group discussion, including:
- Critical assessment of historic materials & approaches to their analysis.
- Basics of acquisition, georeferencing and interpretation of historic cartographic and remote sensing material for archaeological research.
- Integration of data sources in a GIS environment (georeferencing, digitizing, creation of spatial datasets).
- Introduction to analytical applications such as terrain analysis, landscape deconstruction analysis and retrogressive analysis.
This course should help students to:
- Develop an awareness of the benefits and limitations of using information gained from historical sources in archaeological research.
- Gain a good understanding of key approaches to GIS-based analysis of historic landscapes.
- Critically asses and interpret historic materials and their use in archaeological research.
- Understand how to acquire and integrate historic materials into their own landscape research projects.

Lecture, computer-based lab work, group discussion

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Evaluation of Assignments, Labwork, Class Participation in Discussion, Attendance

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Successful completion of 060048 UE GIS-applications for archaeologists, or equivalent GIS knowledge


Course grades will be based on the following criteria:
- Attendance
- Independent homework/reading assignments
- Active participation in classroom discussions
- Labwork
- Final written assignment


Sections of the following books will be assigned as reading/discussion material over the course of the semester:

Burke, P., 2001. Eyewitnessing: The Use of Images as Historical Evidence. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.
Comer, D.C., Harrower, M.J. (Eds.), 2013. Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space. Springer, London. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6074-9
Cowley, D.C., Standring, R., Abicht, M. (Eds.), 2010. Landscapes through the Lens: Aerial Photographs and Historic Environment. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
Crumley, C.L., 2017. Historical ecology and the study of landscape. Landsc. Res. 6397, 1–9. doi:10.1080/01426397.2017.1399994
Fairclough, G., Herring, P., 2016. Lens, mirror, window: interactions between Historic Landscape Characterisation and Landscape Character Assessment. Landsc. Res. 41, 186–198. doi:10.1080/01426397.2015.1135318
Hanson, W.S., Oltean, I. (Eds.), 2013. Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer, New York.
Herring, P.C., 2009. Framing Perceptions of the Historic Landscape: Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) and Historic Land-Use Assessment (HLA). Scottish Geogr. J. 125, 61–77. doi:10.1080/14702540902873907
Ishiguro, S., Yamano, H., Oguma, H., 2016. Evaluation of DSMs generated from multi-temporal aerial photographs using emerging structure from motion-multi-view stereo technology. Geomorphology 268, 64–71. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.05.029
Ivanišević, V., Veljanovski, T., Cowley, D., Kiarszys, G. & Bugarski, I. (Eds.) 2016. Recovering Lost Landscapes. Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade.
Johnson, M., 2007. Ideas of Landscape. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
Kokalj, Ž., Hesse, R., 2017. Airborne Laser Scanning Raster Data Visualization: A Guide to Good Practice. Založba ZRC, Ljubljana.
Meinig, D.W. (Ed.) 1979. The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford.
Millhauser, J. & Morehart, C. 2016. The Ambivalence of Maps: A Historical Perspective on Sensing and Representing Space in Mesoamerica. In M. Forte and S. Campana (eds.), Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_11
Monmonier, M., 1996. How to Lie With Maps, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Morrissey, J., Nally, D., Strohmayer, U., Whelan, Y., 2014. Key Concepts in Historical Geography. Sage, London.Oosthuizen, S., 2006. Landscapes Decoded, 1st ed. University of Hertfordshire Press, Hertfordshire.
Opitz, R., Cowley, D.C. (Eds.), 2013. Interpreting Archaeological Topography. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
Rippon, S., 2004. Historic landscape analysis: deciphering the countryside. Council for British Archaeology, York.
Rippon, S., 2008. Historic landscape characterisation: Its role in contemporary British archaeology and landscape history. Landscapes 8, 1–14.
Sevara, C., Verhoeven, G., Doneus, M., Draganits, E., 2017. Surfaces from the Visual Past: Recovering High-Resolution Terrain Data from Historic Aerial Imagery for Multitemporal Landscape Analysis. J. Archaeol. Method Theory. doi:10.1007/s10816-017-9348-9
Shanks, M. 1997. Photography and the Archaeological Image. In Molyneaux, B. (Ed.)The Cultural Life of Images. Visual Representation in Archaeology. London: Routledge.
Turner, S., Bolòs, J., Kinnaird, T., 2017. Changes and continuities in a Mediterranean landscape: a new interdisciplinary approach to understanding historic character in western Catalonia. Landsc. Res. 6397, 1–17. doi:10.1080/01426397.2017.1386778

Additional materials will be assigned as necessary.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.03.2018 11:48