Greek & Roman Studies 361: Geographic Information Systems and Mediterranean Archaeology

General Information

  • Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • Meeting Place: Barret 210

  • Lead Instructor: Kenny Morrell

    • Office: 515C Rhodes Tower

    • Office Hours: Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., and Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

      For those of you from the other campuses, feel free to contact me by phone, AIM, or iChat during those hours. My screen name is PenfieldA481. I am always willing to meet by arrangement, if you can not call or come during my scheduled hours. For those of you on the Rhodes campus, you may also assume that I am available for consultation whenever I am in my office with the door open.
    • Telephone: (901) 843-3821 (office), (901) 452-8669 (home), (901) 830-4094 (cell)

      I am generally on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. If I am not on campus, feel free to call me at home between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight. You can leave a message at both numbers. You can also try reaching me on my cell phone: 901-830-4094.
    • Email: Feel free to use any of the addresses below. Please bear in mind that the response may not be immediate, but I do check my email fairly frequently.
  • Contributing Faculty (Wooster): Nick Kardulias

  • Contributing Faculty (Millsaps): Michael Galaty

    • Office: SH 343

    • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 pm

    • Telephone: (601) 974-1387 (office)

    • Email:

  • Contributing Faculty (DePauw): Pedar W. Foss

    • Office: 104 Julian

    • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm

    • Telephone: (765) 658-6314 (office)

    • Email:

  • NITLE consultant: Rebecca Davis


This seminar is associated with CGMA, the Collaboratory for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Mediterranean Archaeology funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and headquartered at DePauw University (under the direction of Profs. Pedar Foss and Rebecca Schindler). The CGMA project has used an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary program of undergraduate seminars, summer research internships, student-faculty workshops, and work-study grants to construct a Web-based Geographic Information System as an inventory for archaeological field survey projects: MAGIS. Being the first Mediterranean-wide GIS registry of this kind, it provides a functional framework for broad studies of the interactions of humans and their environment in antiquity.


In the course of this class, students will
  1. Become familiar with the theories, methods, and practices associated with primary (field or lab) and secondary (library) research in archaeological survey and regional analysis. This will require developing some background in the basic principles of archaeology.

  2. Gain experience in the use of geographic information systems and other spatial technologies

  3. Develop an understanding of geo-spatial databases with specific reference to MAGIS and other online resources for survey archaeology


This course is an upper-level undergraduate seminar (limit: at least 5 at the home campus and up to 4 students at any other campus). The original sponsoring institutions (DePauw, Millsaps, Rhodes, and Wooster) have offered this course every fall since 1993. The primary locus of instruction and the supervising professor rotate annually. There are three main components of the course: (a) weekly presentations and discussions on the history, theory, and methodology of archaeological survey; (b) a multi-stage project that will incorporate the principles of survey archaeology and the use GIS; and (c) a final exam.

The class meetings will take place each Tuesday and Thursday simultaneously at 1:00 p.m. CDT on all of the participating campuses. Students and faculty members from the various institutions will interact during that class period through the Multipoint Interactive Videoconferencing (MIV) system provided by National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). To facilitate an active exchange of ideas, problem-solving, and discussion, we may also use other technologies to supplement the MIV.

We will organize the resources and activites of the course using Moodle, a course management system (CMS). The Moodle course will provide access to most of the materials we will use over the course of the semester. It will also outline the weekly activities, exercises, and assignments. Members of the course will use the Moodle site to communicate and share ideas, questions, problems, research strategies, and results with each other. Here are the instructions for accessing the Moodle site:

  1. Follow these instructions to enroll yourself in the NITLE Moodle site. If you already have an account on the NITLE Moodle site, skip this section.

    1. Go to

    2. Click on “create a new account.”

    3. After you fill out and submit the form you will get an email confirmation from NITLE, requesting verification of your email address.

    4. Verify your account by clicking on the link in the email.

    5. The link will take you to a page informing you that your email address has been verified.

  2. Once you have an account on the NITLE Moodle site, enroll yourself in the course by following these steps:

    1. Go to the URL for the course: and login. If you have gone through the process of setting up an account as outlined above, clicking on the link in the email will take you to the course. If you already have an account on the NITLE Moodle site, go to and click on “All Courses.” Scroll down until you see "CGMA Seminar: GIS in Mediterranean Archaeology," and click on the name.

    2. When asked for an 'Enrolment key,' type “cgma2007” (without quotation marks) into the box, and click "Enroll me in this course."

  3. Once you have created an account and enrolled in the course, you can access the course directly by pointing your browser at

The course calls for students to apply their knowledge of survey techniques and GIS to complete a research project. We encourage each team to submit an abstract about their work with the goal of receiving an invitation to present their work at the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. We will convey more information about the symposium and the submission process later in the semester.

Course Requirements

  • Participation: students must work through all the assigned readings, prepare to contribute to the activities in class, and attend all of the class sessions. If you know you will miss a class, please contact the lead instructor (Professor Morrell) in advance. If you miss a class for whatever reason, you will be expected to listen to the archive.

  • Project: students from each campus will work together on a project that incorporate the elements of archaeological survey and GIS. These include formulating a research project, designing a database, collecting data, and displaying the findings using a GIS. As the teams develop their projects, they will make periodic reports to the rest of the class as well as present their findings near the end of the semester.

  • To support these two aspects of your experience, I strongly suggest you keep a journal or notebook just as you would for a laboratory course. You should record in this journal all of the information relevant to your engagement with the material. As you work through the assigned readings note questions that arise and insights you gain, and as you go through the process of formulating and completing your projects, this journal should serve as a record of your ideas, considerations, deliberations as well as the design of your research, the data you collect, and your findings. From time to time I will call on you individually to discuss the readings. When called upon, you should be prepared to summarize the main points of the article or chapter, share your observations on the text, outline how the ideas it presents relate to others we have encountered, and raise any questions you might have. To respond in this manner, you will need to draw from your journal.
  • Examinations: There will be a final examination that will test your mastery of the readings and concepts.

  • Grading:

    Here is a summay of the graded components of the course:

    Participation Attendance in class
    Contributions to class activities and discussions
    Project Overall quality of the project
    Presentations in class and final report
    Examinations Final examination 25%

Course Materials

Readings will be available in .pdf format through the Moodle site for the course. The texts themselves will be available in the libraries of the participating campuses or from the faculty members.