Computational Archaeology Lab ‘Delving into Data’

Computational Archaeology Lab ‘Delving into Data’

Date: 11-14 April 2023

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), map VU campus

Credits: 2 EC

From 11-14 April 2023, the first CAA Computational Archaeology Lab will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, following the CAA2023 Conference. It will provide a unique opportunity to enhance your skills in archaeological Data Science, get up to date with the latest developments in this field, and discuss your project with renowned experts.

The Lab will showcase different ways to handle archaeological data that go beyond standard database manipulations and visualisations. It will be a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, delving deeper into diverse aspects of Data Science such as database design, scripting, statistics and the implications for working with digital data in the era of Open Science. The classes will be given by Iza Romanowska (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies), César González-Pérez (INCIPIT-CSIC Santiago de Compostela), Marcos Llobera (University of Washington) and Mateusz Kuzak (Netherlands eScience Center).

The Lab is open to all researchers at Research Master level or higher. Attendees are expected to have basic knowledge of database manipulation and data visualisation. ARCHON members are expected to have followed the ARCHON online data management course in advance (Data Management for Archaeologists – Archonline).

Preliminary Program:

Day 1 (Venue: Main Building, room 01A32)

09:00 – 10:45 Concepts of data and information (César González-Pérez)

11:00 – 13:00 Design and implementation of data repositories  (César González-Pérez)

14:00 – 16:00 Data session

Day 2 (Venue: Main Building, room 02A37)

09:00 – 10:45 Why use scripting languages? (Iza Romanowska)

11:00 – 13:00 Building queries and data visualization with Python  (Marcos Llobera)

14:00 – 16:00 Data session

Day 3 (Venue: OZW Building, room 7B01)

09:00 – 10:45 Doing statistics with Python (Iza Romanowska)

11:00 – 13:00 Introduction to Machine Learning  (Mateusz Kuzak)

14:00 – 16:00 Data session

Day 4 (Venue: BelleVue, room 1H26)

09:00 – 10:45 Principles of Open Science: data sets and workflows (Iza Romanowska)

11:00 – 13:00 Principles of Open Science: depositing your work (Iza Romanowska)

14:00 – 16:00 Final discussion and course evaluation

16:00 Drinks

Coffee/tea, lunch and Friday afternoon drinks are included. Lodging and evening meals are at own expense.

Credits: 2 EC for attending the full four-day programme.

Registration: The program can accommodate between 15 and 35 participants, and applicants who apply by 1 February 2023 will be notified as to whether they have been accepted 6 February 2023.

Key dates:

  • Application Process Opens: 13 January 2023
  • Application Deadline: 1 February 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 6 February 2023
  • Program Dates: 11-14 April 2023

This registration form can be used by ARCHON members only, others can register at: Computational Archaeology Lab – CAA 2023 (