The GIS industry has been diversifying over the last 10 years, with the technology becoming embedded in a range of other fields. Archaeology has increasingly made extensive links to GIS and its associated techniques of computer mapping, remote sensing, GPS, and digital surveying at multiple levels.
Edinburgh already has respected courses within its GIS programme on database, web and visualisation technologies. There is no doubt that an understanding of these technologies is becoming crucial to the work of cataloguing and interpreting archaeological sites.
In terms of academic research, the use of GIS in archaeology is now applied to the searching for new sites, determining the societal context of existing sites and to examine the interplay between successive occupations of a site within a wider historic landscape.
As the MSc in GIS & Archaeology is a new programme, we do not have a record of careers paths. We expect students (both UK and international) to pursue careers in the following areas:
This article was published on Apr 13, 2012