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Speakers: Justin Colson (University of London), Julia Tzvetkova (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”) 

This session introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and illustrates how it can be used to explore spatial patterns in cultural heritage datasets. We begin with an overview of the basic building blocks of GIS, including raster and vector data types, spatial vs. attribute data, and coordinate reference systems. We include concrete case studies involving the use of GIS with ancient spatial data. A hands-on exercise for learners to take away and try for themselves is also described, with further reference to external tutorials. 

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