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Digital and Computational Archaeology

Digital technologies have dramatically changed our view on the ancient world. Computer-based methods enable the discovery of patterns, trends, and associations in large archaeological datasets, the modelling of complex human processes and insightful simulations of virtual pasts. Archaeoinformatics (Digital and Computational Archaeology) is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of research concerned with the development and application of computational and digital methods in Archaeology.

For many years the University of Cologne has been a leading institution in the area of Archaeoinformatics in Germany and has participated in a great number of Digital Archaeology research projects and collaborations at the national and international level. The archaeological subdisciplines in Cologne offer various modules in Archaeoinformatics as part of the Bachelor and Master degrees in Archaeology. Since April 2018 the M.A. Archäologie includes a new branch of study in Archaeoinformatics, offering students the opportunity to pursue a broad and deep knowledge on digital applications in Archaeology. Foci of the new study program are the fields of Data Science, 3D technologies, Geographic Information Science, spatial analysis and computational modelling.

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A comprehensively equipped computer pool has been set up in the premises of the CoDArchLab, that can be used for specialized classes as well as advanced students i. e. for theses works (please note the class schedule). A broad variety of the most important specialized software can be accessed in the computer pool by all students:

  • Database programs
  • Image rectification software
  • Geographical Information Systems (i.e. ArcGIS, Manifold, GRASS)
  • CAD-Programs (i.e. AutoCAD)
  • Statistics software (i.e.  R)

If you want to use the PC-Pool, please contact Sophie Schmidt or Sebastian Hageneuer after checking the schedule.