Below are some teaching materials I have created to get people started using ALS for archaeological landscape research. Please use freely for your own information and the instruction of others but recognise the rights of the author to be acknowledged if the material contained is disseminated. If you’re very new to the subject you might want to take a look at the quick introductory guides to Airborne Laser Scanning and Digital Spectral Data too.

Quick Guide to batch processing in RVT (2017)

RVT 1.3 and above allows for batch processing of lidar tiles using pre-determined settings. If you are using this tool regularly or for large landscape areas my quick guide to batch processing might come in handy.

QGIS / GRASS Practicals (Graduate course)

The graduate course materials began as 3D Archaeology Summer School in 2010 and have been revised, added to and re-worked each year for graduate level summer schools across Europe, with the latest version created for the Lidar Innovative Technology for Archaeology (LITA2) workshop in Poznan, July 2014

LITA2 workshop 1 – Introduction to QGIS

  • Setting up your QGIS Project
  • Opening lidar raster files in QGIS
  • Create a hillshade (shaded relief model)
  • Using the profile tool
  • Preparing the map layout for printing

LITA2 workshop 2 – Digitising features in QGIS

  • Creating a simple vector file in QGIS
  • Digitising Archaeological features from a lidar visualisation
  • Add a Web-based Mapping Layer

LITA2 workshop 3 – Advanced lidar visualisations (3rd Party Software)

LITA2 workshop 4 – Creating advanced lidar Visualisations in QGIS and GRASS

  • Creating a GRASS location from QGIS
  • Changing the GRASS Region
  • Import the Lidar raster data to GRASS
  • Create a PCA model in GRASS
  • Create a SVF model in GRASS
  • Create an LRM in GRASS
QGIS / GRASS Install Notes

Installing QGIS and GRASS on windows is best done through the OSGEO4W installer – to help I have created some step by step install notes in the document below.

QGIS install notes Windows and Mac (2015)

 Student Feedback

“Jeszcze raz chciałbym podziękować za możliwość uczestniczenia w
warsztatach i poszerzenia w ten sposób swojej wiedzy, a także za czas
jaki poświęciłeś mi na wspólne przejrzenie zdjęć. Było to (jak
zawsze!) ekstremalnie bogate w informacje i możliwości poznawcze
przedsięwzięcie, dodatkowo, odbywające się w miłej i twórczo
inspirującej atmosferze, jaką tworzyli wszyscy wykładowcy i
uczestnicy. Bardzo dobry pomysł i wykonanie!!! “

LITA 2013 Participant

I would like to thank you again for the opportunity to participate in workshops and thus expand their knowledge , as well as time I sacrificed my view the images together. It was ( as always ! ) extremely rich in information and cognitive abilities project , in addition, held in a relaxed and creatively an inspiring atmosphere that created all the lecturers and participants . Very good idea and execution !!!”

Baaaaardzo jestem zadowolona z tych warsztatów! Ich intensywność sprawiła, że przez cały kolejny tydzień musiałam regenerować szare komórki w szumie bałtyckich fal Ale już wróciłam do komputera i zabieram się za ćwiczenie nowo nabytych umiejętności! “

LITA 2014 Participant

Soooo I am pleased with this workshop ! Their intensity made ​​throughout the following week I had to regenerate brain cells in the sound of the waves of the Baltic But back to your computer and get down to practice newly acquired skills!

“Dr Bennett was always prepared, enthusiastic and engaged. She made sure to involve us in everything from lecture to labs.

Archaeology of Ancient Britain (Duke Graduate Course) Participant

The spring break trip was so helpful in integrating knowledge and experience”

Archaeology of Ancient Britain (Duke Graduate Course) Participant