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Online Course – 1st Edition

Applied GIS: 3D Reconstruction of Archaeological and Palaeontological interventions

October 13th-19th, 2021


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This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and exercises to be completed in between live sessions.


Course Applied GIS 3D Reconstruction of Archaeological InterventionsCourse Overview

Any archaeological excavation necessitates the destruction of the site where it operates, eliminating the stratigraphical record in the process, and thus the possibility to review the archaeological context. This course focuses on methodologies on how to reduce that damage, while also providing new tools for archaeological research and dissemination.

The course teaches participants how to employ 3D virtualization for archaeological sites. Participants will learn how to apply GIS technology and operate different relevant 3D software (e.g. OpenJUMP, QGIS, GvSIG, Meshlab and Paraview).

The course aims to equip participants with the skills to employ and adapt virtual reconstruction methodologies to their own needs. To facilitate this aim, the course includes practical sessions working with concrete issues to provide first-hand experience in real-life cases.

Check the program here.


Graduate or postgraduate degree in History, Anthropology, Archeology or any other Life or Earth Sciences.

Participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) with the following software installed: OpenJUMP, QGIS, GvSIG, Meshlab, Paraview, R. The use of a webcam and headphones is strongly recommended, and a good internet connection.

Although the instructors will provide different working databases, participants are encouraged to bring their own.




October 13th-19th, 2021

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 18th and 19th of October; from 15:00 to 19:00 (Madrid time zone).

30 hours

20 hours of online live lessons, plus 10 hours of participants working on their own.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Agustin Diez-Castillo instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Agustín Diez-Castillo
Universitat de València

Alfredo Cortell-Nicolau instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Alfredo Cortell-Nicolau
Universitat de València

Salvador Pardo-Gordo instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Salvador Pardo-Gordó
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Transmitting Science


  • Introduction to GIS.
  • Open software: An open debate.
  • Practice I. Map presentations.
  • Practice II. Georreferencing.
  • GIS databases and file formats.
  • GIS databases and file formats: The z coordinate and field interpretation.
  • Working with vector layers I: Reconstructing a layer, including polygons, findings and labelling.
  • Working with vector layers II: Reconstructing a layer from a given image. Orthophotos and georreferencing.
  • Introduction to 3D ambiences: Meshlab/Paraview.
  • Introduction to 3D ambiences: Metashape.
  • Preparing 3D outputs I: Building layers and preparing its 3D visualization.
  • Gathering 3D information processes in a real site. Common methods and procedures.
  • Gathering 3D information processes in a real site. Devices and geometry.
  • Processing real archaeological information I: Targets and anchorage points.
  • Processing real archaeological information I: common problems.
  • Final Project I: Creating a 3D model from a real site.
  • Final Project II: Inserting stratigraphic layers into the 3D model.
  • Final Project III: Inserting findings into the 3D model.
  • Final Project IV: 3D data analysis.
  • Presentations of the 3D models.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2021):
  • 496 €
    (396.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after September 30th, 2021):
  • 560 €
    (448 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.