QGIS in Maritime Archaeology

Event Date:
Start at 9:00 AM
January 22, 2022 - January 29, 2022


This online introductory course will provide an overview of features in QGIS that are particularly useful in maritime archaeology. QGIS is a freely available GIS software package commonly used by archaeologists. Although focussing on this particular programme, the skills and procedure students are introduced to can be used in other GIS programmes (such as ArcGIS, gvSIG, GRASS GIS).

Participants will be provided with datasets and will gain experience using the programme through a series of practical exercises. These exercises will take place under supervision during the two online sessions and will also be completed in the week between the two sessions. This course has been broken up into two shorter sessions to reduce screen fatigue and to make it more convenient for a greater range of time zones for our international participants.

Participants will be required to complete the homework tasks to earn NAS credits.


Phoebe Wild is Project Officer with MSDS Marine who has extensive experience in using GIS and has written a manual on how to use this programme.


The course is aimed at individuals undertaking the NAS Education Programme, either professional or avocational archaeologists who are interested in the practical application of this free software.

NAS members will receive 10 credits towards their Certificate or Award


A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme – it only takes a minute to do.

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at education@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org for a test run before the course.


NAS members £40
Non-NAS members £80 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you’re better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)

Provisional Timetable in GMT

Saturday 22nd January 2022

09:00 – Welcome and Introductions and online etiquette
09:15 – Introduction: What is GIS?
09:45 – Theory 1: Getting Started
10:00 – Practical 1: Setting up a Project
10:45 – Break
11:00 – Theory 2: Data sources
11:15 – Practical 2: Adding, editing, and formatting data
12:00 – Theory 3: Creating data
12:15 13:00 – Practical 3: Creating polygons, points, and lines

Saturday 29th January 2022

09:00 – Welcome back and recap
09:15 – Theory 4: Modifying data
09:30 – Practical 4: Buffering, clipping, and merging data
10:15 – Theory 5: Interrogating data
10:30 – Practical 5: Selecting, querying, and extracting data
11:15 – Break
11:30 – Theory 6: Other tools
11:45 – Practical 6: Georeferencing
12:15 Theory 7: Displaying and sharing data
12:30 – Practical 7: Creating figures and outputs