New MA in Digital and Computational Archaeology, Cologne

There’s not a lot of degree programmes dedicated to computational archaeology specifically. And I can certainly recommend this new programme in Cologne: delivered by the amazing and inspiring Prof. Dr. Eleftheria Paliou, a very diverse range of modules, and completely in English.

Do share this with your colleagues and students. Application deadline 30 June.

From the website:

Digital and Computational Archaeology is concerned with the development and application of digital technologies and computational methods in archaeology. The MA Digital and Computational Archaeology is designed to equip archaeology graduates with practical, theoretical and critical skills in a variety of established and emerging digital technologies, and support a career in academia, cultural resource management, museums as well as public and private cultural heritage organisations. Students of this programme are offered the opportunity to use the facilities of the Cologne Digital Archaeology Laboratory (CoDArchLab), which is equipped with teaching, research and study spaces, numerous workstations, a variety of commercial and open source software programs, as well as specialised computational imaging equipment.

Students of the MA Digital and Computational Archaeology will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop core computing skills in Data Science (database theory and design, data visualisation and representation, network science) and Web technologies and become acquainted with current issues in archaeological data management and policy.
  • Familiarise themselves with the use of state-of-the-art 3D technologies and media and learn which techniques are best suited for data capture, documentation and analysis in different situations and contexts (e.g. fieldwork, museum, research projects).
  • Think critically on the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and computational modelling in archaeology, and learn how to best apply computational methods to gain insights into human behaviour and socio-political organisation in past natural and built environments.
  • Learn to identify current issues, problems and developments in the field of Digital Humanities and gain practical experience in the application and development of methods and tools that can benefit Humanities research more broadly.
  • Take work placements (Praktika) in excavations, museums, or cultural heritage management organisations and test their practical skills in real life situations.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the MA Digital and Computational Archaeolgy should hold a bachelor’s degree (with at least 180 CP) in archeology or an archaeological sub-discipline, such as Prehistoric Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Ancient West Asian Studies, Archaeology of Roman Provinces, Egyptology or similar. Bachelor graduates of neighboring subjects may also be admitted after case-by-case-review, if at least 60 CP have been obtained in an archaeological sub-discipline during the BA studies. A decision upon the admission of students will be made by the Admissions Committee.

The MA Digital and Computational Archaeology is fully taught in English. Knowledge of English needs to be certified at the C1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Knowledge of German is not required for admission or the completion of the Master programme, but students will have the opportunity to choose from a number of German electoral courses, should they wish to.

Funding training school digital scholarship, Cologne

Want to learn a wide range of computational approaches for your archaeological, historical or heritage work? Consider applying to our ARKWORK COST action 4-day training school. Full funding will be offered to successful applicants. I will be teaching network research at the event.
When? 4-7 February 2020
Where? Cologne
Deadline? 15 November 2019
Please find below a call for Trainees for a 4day training School on Methods of Digital Scholarship, organised in Cologne, 4-7 February 2020. Researchers at different ranks are eligible to apply to the training school, including graduate and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and professionals. Researchers from any branch of archaeology, as well as information science, archival science, informatics, computer science, culture studies, anthropology, sociology of knowledge, and other disciplines are welcome to apply, provided that they have an interest in archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment.

Theme: Methods of Digital Scholarship
Date & Location: Cologne, Germany, 4-7 February 2020 (4 days)
Local Host: Institute of Archaeology, University of Cologne,
Venue: Cologne Digital Archaeology Laboratory, CoDArchLab, Institute of Archaeology, Kerpener Straße 30, 50931, Cologne (entrance from Weyertal St.)

About this Training School

The training school will acquaint participants with state-of-the-art methods and tools for digital scholarship. You will learn through lectures, practical classes, group work and discussion workshops how digital technologies facilitate, enhance and change scholarly practices and knowledge production. You will become familiar with established and emerging methods for data modelling, data mining and text analytics and you will get hands-on experience in working with linked open data, digital tools for reproducible research and platforms for sharing research and teaching resources. Furthermore, you will learn how to use network analysis, social media and virtual ethnography to advance your scholarly work and will reflect upon ethical and legal issues in digital research.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the training school, you will:
• understand the benefits and challenges in using different methods and tools for digital scholarship
• evaluate and use a variety of appropriate models and methods for data modelling, data mining and text analytics
• identify, select and use appropriate platforms for sharing research and teaching resources
• use digital tools and methods to extract, analyse, present and interpret information for the production of scholarly knowledge
• recognize the advantages of reproducible research and take advantage of currently available methods for performing and publishing data analyses in a reproducible manner
• critically reflect upon the legal and ethical issues of digital research

Practical details:
The duration of this Training School is four working days. A Grant of 700 EUR will be provided for accepted participants (450 EUR for those coming from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg; 550 EUR for those coming from Austria, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic) as a contribution to the travelling costs, accommodation (5-days) and subsistence during the Training School. If participants, for any reason, are unable to attend all four days of the school, the grant will be reduced accordingly. There are no registration fees.

Organised by ARKWORK (
This COST-Action ( brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of
archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge in a digital environment is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact on society. The focus of ARKWORK is on training the next generation of scholars and stakeholders by involving future leaders of research as well as high profile experts employed by the industry and public organisations.

Those who work/attend an education programme, or have citizenship/residency in the following states:

COST Full Members: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the Republic of North Macedonia.

COST Near Neighbour Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

European RTD Organisations: European Organisation for Nuclear Research, European Fusion Development Agreement, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Space Agency, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, European XFEL Free-Electron Laser Facility, Institut Laue Langevin.

Applicants to the training school asking for funding should submit:
1. A motivation letter, not exceeding 300-500 words. This must include a clear indication of experience relevant to the topic of the training school; provide a rationale of why you are interested in the training school and how you envisage the training school contributing to your learning and research objectives.
2. A short CV (2 pages max)
3. An indication of whether you would like to be considered for funding
Please send your application to: Sebastian Hageneuer,
For questions, please write to: Prof. Dr. Eleftheria Paliou,
The applicants will be informed about the result of their application via Email by November 29th. Applicants that will not receive a grant, but do receive an invitation can participate with their own or their institute’s funding.

Closing date for applications: 15th November, 2020

Representing Networks, University of Cologne, 5-6 June 2019

This event will be of interest to readers of this blog. The program looks great and I can definitely recommend you attend this. Don’t forget to register before 31 May.

via HNR and Danijela Stefanović:

Representing Networks: Past and Present

Workshop at the University of Cologne,

5-6 June 2019

Please register at by 31 May

For more information, see


Wednesday, 5 June

17:30               Welcome and registration

18:15               Public key note lecture:

From Microhistory to the Global Network – The World of the Treasurer Senebi (Danijela Stefanović, University of Cologne, University of Belgrade)

Reception in the rooms of Egyptology, sponsored by Uschebti e.V.

Thursday, 6 June

09:30               Welcome and registration

09:45-10:00     Introduction

10:00-11:30     How Many Networks? Representing Dynamic Social Change Using Archaeological Network Methods (Fiona Coward, Bournemouth University)

An Ivory Diaspora: Digitizing Exchange & Production Networks in the Medieval World (Sara Ann Knutson, University of California, Berkeley)

11:30-11:45     Coffee break

11:45-12:30     Casting a Wide Net: The Distant Reading of Archival Documents from Babylon (Maarja Seire, University of Leiden)

12:30-14:00     Lunch break

14:00-15:30     From Networks to High-dimensional Geometry and Back (Allon Wagner, Tel-Aviv University, University of California, Berkeley)

Representing Credit and Kinship in the 19th Century: Between Exploration and Simulation (Martin Stark, ILS- Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development)

15:30-15:45     Coffee break

15:45-16:30     Representing the Community of Ptolemaic Pathyris as Network Models: Possibilities and Limitations (Lena Tambs, University of Cologne)

16:30-17:00     Closing discussion

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