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Online Course – 1st Edition

Applied GIS: 3D Reconstruction of Archaeological interventions

May 9th-16th, 2022


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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.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.


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 specific 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.




May 9th-16th, 2022

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on the 9th, 10th, 11th, 112th, 13th and 16th of May; from 15:00 to 19:00 (Madrid time zone).

30 hours

24 hours of online live lessons, plus 6 hours of participants working on their own.

Live sessions will be recorded. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

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.

Agustin Diez-Castillo instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Agustín Diez-Castillo
Universitat de València

Sonia Machause instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Sonia Machause
Universitat de València

Alejandro Gares Molero instructor for Transmitting Science

Alejandro Garés-Molero

Universitat de València

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

Albert Epitie Dyowe Roig course coordinator

Albert Epitie Dyowe Roig

Transmitting Science


Learning about GIS.

  • Theory:
    • Introduction to GIS.
    • First steps using an open software.
  • Practice:
    • Practice I. Main data and where to find it.
    • Practice II. Map representations.

Applying GIS to 3D reconstruction.

  • Theory:
    • GIS databases and file formats.
    • GIS databases and file formats: The z coordinate and field interpretation.
  • Practice:
    • 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.

3D reconstruction basics.

  • Theory:
    • Introduction to 3D ambiences: Meshlab/Cloudcompare.
    • Introduction to 3D ambiences: Metashape.
  • Practice:
    • Preparing 3D outputs I: Building layers and preparing its 3D visualization.
    • Preparing 3D outputs II: Inserting findings and preparing its 3D.

Fieldwork. 3D working with real examples.

  • Theory:
    • Gathering 3D information processes in a real site. Common methods and procedures.
    • Gathering 3D information processes in a real site. Devices and geometry.

Putting all together: final project by students.

  • Practice:
    • 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 by students (optional).

  • Practice:
    • Presentations of the 3D models generated by the participants.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until April 30th, 2022):
  • 496 €
    (396.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after April 30th, 2022):
  • 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.