Archaeological GIS Laboratory

Following several years of careful planning and active fieldwork, the Council of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences established the Archaeological GIS (Geographic Information System) Laboratory in Esztergom in 2014. The members of the Laboratory are mainly lecturers and researchers of the Department of Archaeology. The purpose of AGL is to support the Department of Archaeology and its numerous national and international scientific research projects, and to provide them with the most up-to-date GIS and non-invasive technological support in the field of Archaeology. AGL also intends to create a background for the research development of our lecturers, students and fellow researchers.

AGL helps make precise topographic measurements as well as the processing of aerial photography, 3D measurements and geophysical surveys. AGL operates its research projects in cooperation and partnership with numerous national and international museums and research institutions.

Recently AGL has acquired the most up-to-date Leica Viva GNSS Precision System, which is engineered to help collect highly precise GIS data. Besides that, the Leica Geodetic Station, the handheld Garmin GPSs, other digital devices for measurements and the workstations for processing the collected data with special software are the pillars of AGL. These, being a part of the core of non-invasive archaeological methods that form the backbone of modern archaeology, help to make precise topographic measurements as well as the processing of aerial photography, 3D measurements and geophysical surveys.

In addition to the complex documentation of excavations and fieldworks, the tasks of the AGL’s include the cooperation with the newly founded Research Group of Church Archaeology of the Faculty of Humanities and to take part in the creation of the Ecclesiastical Topography and Database.

AGL operates its research projects in cooperation and partnership with numerous national and international museums and research institutions.

The AGL works in close cooperation with the 3D Picture Processing and Stereography Research Group of the PPCU.


Main Research Projects

The complex archaeological topography and database building of medieval ecclesiastical monuments

The archaeological topographic study of destroyed medieval ecclesiastical monuments

Archaeological research of the monasteries of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit

Topographic research, geophysical survey, 3D modelling and the preparations of archaeological excavations at the Roman city of IOVIA

Updating the archaeological topography of Esztergom with modern methods

Producing a detailed archaeological and architectural documentation of the Castle Hill of Esztergom with GIS

Gerecse Project – Complex archaeological topographic project

Complex archaeological topography in the region of Bajna

Surveying and constructing a GIS database for the medieval settlements of the Syrian littoral

Measuring the Castle of Dwin and its environment in Iraq-Kurdistan


Fellows of AGL

Dr. Endre Tóth DSc, Archaeologist-Historian, Professor (Head of AGL)

References: The topography of the Roman cities and fortifications of Szombathely, Ságvár and Heténypuszta


Dr. Gábor Bertók
, Adjunct, Archaeologist-GIS Expert, Aircraft Pilot (Scientific Fellow)

Refeneces: The complex non-invasive survey of the archaeological remains of the County of Baranya; geophysical surveying of archaeological sites; archaeological aerial photography; the research of stereographic methods in the field of archaeology; the processing of 3D LiDAR data; the processing of GIS data from archaeological excavations

Róbert Kalácska Archaeologist-GIS Expert (Scientific Member)

References: The topographic survey of the archaeological remains of the County of Pest


Other Members

Dr. István Horváth, Archaeologist-Museologist, Honorary Museum Director

References: Archaeological Topography of Hungary, vol.5; the topographic survey of the territory of Esztergom-Dorog; topographic survey of medieval remains in Esztergom and in its vicinity


Dr. Balázs Major
, Archaeologist-Arabist-Historian, Head of Department of Archaeology

References: Topographic survey of late antique and medieval archaeological sites in Syria and Lebanon.

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