Pisa, Italy


when 25 January 2021 - 5 February 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 500

In Humanities, the exponential increase in digital documentation requires us to question its management, its use, its availability to the scientific community and its sustainability. In archaeology, these issues are even more crucial because they relate to non-reproducible primary data. In order to effectively retrieve, store, manage, prepare for analysis, and communicate the information and the scientific range of such amount of data, modern archaeologists should be able to deal with concepts and tools related to new technologies. Such digital competencies are not present in a standard archaeology background, though they are fundamental in order to effectively interact with ICT experts. The “R for Archaeologists” winter school aims for a fruitful combination of archaeology and statistics through the teaching of Data analysis, Data mining, and Data visualization techniques. It is conducted through R, programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics R. The large amount of data that are produced through archaeological work show a wide degree of heterogeneity, complexity, and interconnection, making the use of algorithmic methods unavoidable. R is one of the main programming languages of Data Science, and includes a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques, including linear and nonlinear modelling, statistical tests, spatial statistics, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, and others. The Winter School will last 60 hours, and will take place from January 25th to February 5th 2021, at the Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge of University of Pisa, Italy.

Course leader

Prof. Gabriele Gattiglia

Target group

Students, graduates, PhD candidates, and post-docs in archaeology or related to Cultural Heritage.
The course is open to EU (including University of Pisa students) and non-EU applicants.

Course aim

The Winter School “R for Archeologists” will enable participants to conduct statistical analysis and visualization of Archaeological data. It is built around a new paradigm, which takes into consideration archaeologists as both producers and users of digital archaeological data. Attendees will learn the concepts and methods of univariate and multivariate analysis, spatial analysis and data visualization through an integrated use of R ecosystem software packages, statistical and practical principles.

Fee info

EUR 500: tuition fees



Register for this course
on course website