Digital Technologies for Heritage Analysis


  1. Know, understand and evaluate the main methodologies of digital heritage documentation and analysis,
  2. Know when to use certain digital tools and methodologies and integrate them with the other methods of registration and interpretation,
  3. Know the main methods and experts in the field of digital heritage recording, historically contextualized,
  4. Develop skills to document mobile and immovable heritage using digital methods and techniques, including digital photography, photogrammetric documentation, spatial data collection and analysis.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José António Bettencourt


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Brogiolo, G. P. e Cagnana, A. (2020): Archeologia dell’architettura. Metodi e interpretazioni. Sesto Fiorentino: All’Omsegna del Giglio.
Evans, T. L. e Daly, P. (eds.) (2006): Digital Archaeology. New York: Routledge.
Forte, M. e Campana, S. (eds.) (2016): Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology. Springer.
Parcak, S. H. (2009): Satelitte Remote Sensing for Archaeology. New York: Routledge.
Kremers, H. (ed.) (2020): Digital Cultural Heritage. Springer.
Von Schwerin, J., Richards-Rissetto, H., Remondino, F., Agugiaro, G. e Girardi, G. (2012): “The MayaArch3D Project: A 3D WebGIS for Analyzing Ancient Architecture and Landscapes”. Literary and Linguistic Computing, special issue, 28 (4): 736–753.

Teaching method

In class teaching, through lectures accompanied by audiovisual information, and practical classes of analysis of case studies and application of theory to real contexts and practical exercises. Analysis of national and international case studies, and its discussion in group. The practical classes will introduce various equipment and software for image processing and manipulation, photogrammetry and GIS, with emphasis on open-source software. Application of the learning outcomes in project work.

Evaluation method

Assessment - Practical project work(100%)

Subject matter

  • The digital analysis of Heritage: theoretical principles and basic concepts.
    • Introduction to methodological approaches.
    • The integration of digital methodologies with traditional ones.
  • Photography
    • Methodologies for registration, digitization and advanced processing of images.
    • Digital preservation.
  • Documentation and 3D analysis of sites, built heritage and artefacts.
  • Orthorectification and analysis of built heritage.
  • Geographic Information Systems