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Department of Archaeology



I received my undergraduate degree in Landscape Archaeology with a specialization in GIS at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Working with the Barcın Höyük excavation and UrbanOccupationsOETR projects during my graduate studies at Koç University (MA 2018) in Istanbul, I gained an interest in Computational Methods in Archaeological Research and Digital Humanities. Currently I am pursuing my PhD at the University of Glasgow in Geospatial Data Science focussing on Population and Transport Modelling using Historical Maps.


Interested in Geo-information, Cartography, Geospatial Data Science and Data Visualisation for Archaeology and Digital Humanities Research.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

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  • The estimation of non-irrigated crop area and production using the regression analysis approach: A case study of Bursa Region (Turkey) in the mid-nineteenth centuryPLOS ONE

2021-04-30 | journal-article


  • A Preliminary Attempt to Construct a Geospatial, Multimodal Ottoman Transport Network for 1899Spatial Webs: Mapping Anatolian Pasts for Research and the Public

2021-01-01 | book-chapter

Source:Petrus Gerrits

  • Automatic Detection of Road Types From the Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary Historical Map Series With Deep Convolutional Neural NetworksIEEE Access

2021 | journal-article


  • A Red Floor at Neolithic Barcın Höyük: Special or not?Metallurgica Anatolica: Festschrift für Ünsal Yalçın anlässlich seines 65. Geburtstags.

2020 | book-chapter

Source:Petrus Gerrits

  • Bridging the gap between pre-census and census era historical data: Devising a geo-sampling model to analyse agricultural production in the long run for southeast Europe, 1840-1897International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

2020 | journal-article

Teaching and Supervisions

  • July 2021 - Teaching Assistant, Applied GIS (GEOG5102): Practical session organizer and course assistant.
  • June 2021 - Teaching Assistant, Geospatial data infrastructures and land administration (GEOG5013): Practical session organizer and course assistant.  
  • September 2019 - Guest Lecturer, Material and Textual Evidence on Late Antique and
  • January 2020 - Urban Studies / ARHA 526, Description: MA course on the use of GIS and Story Maps to present academic work interactively online.
  • August 2018 - Lecturer WALADU Summer school, Description: teaching an introduction to GIS for archaeology course (Two-day course, part of a two week summer school).
  • August 2018 - Co-Lecturer KAVALA Summer school: Digital Explorations into the Entangled Eastern Mediterranean History. Description: One week training in digital and spatial applications for History and Archaeology (B.A. and M.A.) students.
  • 2015 - 2018 - Teaching and Research assistant at Koç University (for Prof. Roosevelt and Prof. Özbal). Teaching experience: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/ARHA 467-567 (Teaching and Grading), Archaeological Method and Theory / ARHA 201. Research Assistant experience: Barçin Höyük Archaeological Information System development.

Other Professional Activities

  • Data Science Volunteer at MapAction
  • Postgraduate Fellowship Royal Geographical Society

Job Titles

Research Assistant, McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies


Science, Technology and Innovation
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Mesopotamia and the Near East
South Asia
Periods of interest: 
Other Historical