Workshop LiDAR – 16 & 17 June 2022

Workshop LiDAR

Date: 16 & 17 June 2022

Location: Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, room F0.06 (Thursday and Friday) and room F1.03 (Friday)

Credits: 1 ECT

Innovations in archaeological remote sensing are moving at a rapid pace, driven by the combination of powerful machine learning techniques, common use of UAVs (drones) with multiple sensors, and increasing availability of Open Source archaeological and environmental datasets. Knowing how to effectively manipulate remote sensing data and interpret them is, however, still challenging.

In this workshop you will learn about the state of the art in archaeological remote sensing, and get hands-on experience in working with the essential techniques needed for effective application. The approaches will be demonstrated by case studies from the Netherlands, Germany, and Cambodia.

Learning goals:

After this event, students will 

  • have acquired up-to-date knowledge about the state of the art in archaeological prospection using LiDAR and Remote Sensing
  • have gotten hands-on experience in processing and visualization LiDAR data, and mapping archaeological features

N.B. Students are assumed to have basic skills in working with QGIS. If this is not the case, they should follow the Archon QGIS course in advance of this event.


Thursday 16 June 2022 

09:30 Welcome and introduction 

09:45 Lecture: The role of Remote Sensing in 21st century archaeology (Karsten Lambers / Tuna Kalayci)

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Tutorial: Dataportals (Karsten Lambers)

11:00 Lecture: Introduction to LiDAR 

12:00 Lunch break (at own expense)

13:00 Workshop: Basics of LiDAR visualisation 

15:00 Tea break

15:15 Workshop 3: Drone remote sensing – case study Siegerswoude and tutorial data processing (Jitte Waagen)

Friday 17 June 2022 

09:30 Welcome and introduction

09:45 Case studies: Discovering hidden landscapes with LiDAR and RS data – the German Rhineland case (Matthias Lang); Detecting the urban fabric of Angkor in Cambodia (Sarah Klassen)

10:45 Coffee break

11:00 Tutorial: a workflow for detecting and mapping archaeological features from LiDAR data (Matthias Lang / Sarah Klassen)

12:30 lunch break (at own expense)

13:00 Tutorial continued

14:30 tea break

14:45 Tutorial continued

16:15 Presentations and discussion

17:00 optional drinks in Leiden (at own expense)


Credits: ARCHON members can receive 1 ECT for attending the course and handing in a reflection report afterwards (a reading list and guidelines will be provided).


    If you are not ARCHON member, please contact our coordinator by sending an email to