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Digital documentation methods of cultural heritage

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Course ID: 4001-METDOK-OG
Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.4 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0222) History and archaeology The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Digital documentation methods of cultural heritage
Name in Polish: Cyfrowe metody dokumentacji dziedzictwa kulturowego
Organizational unit: Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie Centrum Archeologii Śródziemnomorskiej im. K. Michałowskiego
General university courses
General university courses in the humanities
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: Polish
Type of course:

general courses


Blended learning

Short description:

The subject of the course are advanced documentation methods belonging to a relatively new specialization which is now widely developed and popular among many researchers - digital archaeology. Digital archaeology generally involves the implementation of modern technologies and tools in field and laboratory research to increase the accuracy and quantity of information, while speeding up the data collection process.

Full description:

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the methods, instruments and issues of digital archaeology. Modern tools (e.g. laser theodolite, GPS RTK, VR goggles, etc.) and documentation methods (photogrammetry, 3D visualisation, GIS, RTI, etc.) used in archaeological and conservation work will be presented and discussed during the course. Based on examples the wide range of possibilities for their application, as well as their limitations depending on various factors, will be discussed. This will be supplemented by a description of the author's own experience and a number of practical comments and tips. The scope of the course will also include issues concerning digital methods and forms of presentation for publication of scientific research results.

The format of the conservatory will allow for the exchange of current comments and questions on how to appropriately apply the above methodology, as well as to provide students with the opportunity to independently apply the acquired knowledge and skills with the help of instruments provided by the lecturer to conduct advanced digital documentation of real objects.


Marsh, Z. 2020. Digital Archaeology: Current Techniques and Applications

Hemker, C., Lobinger, C. Unger, J. et al. 2020. Virtual archaeology. Making the invisible visible. Recommendations and strategies in the application of 3D digitisation and visualisation of archaeological heritage.

Graham, S., Gupta, N., Smith, J. et al. 2020. The Open Digital Archaeology Textbook.

Walcek Averett, E. 2016. Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology.

Daly, P., Evans, T.L. 2006. Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory, Oxon.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and skills:

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to define and explain the basic terms and concepts of advanced documentation methods and the specialization of digital archaeology. Understands methodological assumptions of advanced documentation and knows the main advantages and disadvantages of using a given method. He is able to select the appropriate digital tools and instruments to increase the amount of information obtained during the research while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. He also has the knowledge and skills to facilitate the presentation of the results of the documentation work.

Social competences:

Is ready to:

- use the knowledge and skills he possesses and is aware of the need to confront it with the opinions of experts;

- evaluate the unique value of archaeological sources and their role in reconstructing the human past;

- critically evaluate the interpretation of archaeological and historical sources and is aware of the multifaceted nature of the interpretation of issues related to Roman fortifications;

- use his knowledge of the complex nature of culture and are aware of the need to analyse different categories of sources for reconstructing the human past.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

A grade based on a final oral examination (100% contribution to the final grade).

This course is not currently offered.
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