Archaeology – IT Internship

Internship Description

You will join the team of the Historical Archaeology Research Group (Ghent University), where 10 (doctoral) researchers and assistants work together with the leading professor on several archaeological projects in NW-Europe. This is a unique opportunity for students with IT knowledge and great interest in archaeology.

Within the research group, there are several opportunities and projects for which the development of a new, or the enhancement of an existing database would be possible. The below proposed projects can be integrated in on-going projects and are at the various levels of archaeological research. The constant factor – and heel of Achilles – is the relation between the non-spatial data of the object or feature in the database, with its spatial representation in a Geographical Information System (GIS). The Internship would be supervised by the leading professor and assisted by (post-)doctoral students.

Possible projects include:

  1. Reference collection. This project aims to compose a meticulously selected collection of archaeological finds that covers all the different find categories (metal, ceramics, stones,…). The archaeological object is the basic element of this collection/database. Connected to this object are several layers of information that such as the feature, the context, the structure/construction and the site.
  2. Field registration. This databank would be linked at the Archaeology 3D-project. It strives for the digital registration of an archaeological excavation combined with a 3D-record. The databank should improve and facilitate both fieldwork and post-processing. Also web design, the use of tablets and integration of social media are possible applications within this project.
  3. Archaeological Prospection. This project aims at the integration of several data layers with a different scale, going from ditches visible on an aerial photograph to a fragment of pottery found during field walking,  into one geodatabase.
  4. Studies on material culture. Furthermore there are several students that are using a databank structure in their PhD-research. All have their own approach and aims. For some the object is the starting point, others focus more on context or site. Also the integration of photographs, maps or drawings and the spatial representation in a GIS are common sore points and would be worth being discussed and assessed.


  • Interest in archaeology;
  • Good knowledge of database administration and management, SQL, etc. ;
  • Good relational and teamwork skills;
  • Eagerness to learn;
  • Fluent English;
  • Enrolled as a student;

General Information

  • Location: Ghent (near “Zuid”);
  • Remuneration: possibility of a small allowance for transportation;
  • Duration: between 1 and 4 months / starting date and length in mutual agreement
  • More information about the research group (in Dutch)

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