Universität Wien FIND

060097 VU Introduction to Historic Landscape Analysis (2017S)

Archaeological Approaches to Historic Landscapes

Continuous assessment of course work

060048 UE GIS-applications for archaeologists
or equivalent GIS knowledge


max. 20 participants
Language: English



Every other Monday, 10.00-12.00, A 4.18 (GIS-Labor) (06.3.,13.3., 20.3., 27.3., 3.4., 24.4., 8.5., 15.5., 29.5.)


Aims, contents and method of the course

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

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Sections of the following books will be assigned as reading/discussion material over the course of the semester:
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.
Hanson, W.S., Oltean, I. (Eds.), 2012. Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives. Springer, New York.
Ivaniševic, 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.
Monmonier, M., 1996. How to Lie With Maps, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
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.
Additional materials may be assigned as necessary.

Association in the course directory

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