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What is SPARC?

SPARC is an NSF-funded program at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and Archeo-Imaging Lab (AIL) dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology. SPARC offers direct support to archaeological projects through awards in three categories:

In addition, you can learn about the latest technologies and their archaeological applications through residencies at CAST or through our online resources and periodic webinars. You can also connect with potential collaborators or develop projects in partnership with SPARC.

Recent News

Spring 2014 Funded Projects: (02/15/14) We are proud to announce the first group of projects supported by SPARC Awards. Congratulations t... More Info

Past SPARC Webinar: From photos to models. Strategies for using digital photogrammetry in your project: (02/03/14) Adam Barnes and Katie Simon spoke at 11:00 CST on the 26th February 2014, providing detailed and pra... More Info

Past Webinar: Multi-Scalar 3D Documentation: (01/13/14) 29 January 2014 - Slides and recordings are now online ... More Info

What is Spatial Archaeometry?

Spatial Archaeometry is the application of scientific techniques to measure properties of archaeological materials at all scales, including objects, sites and landscapes, wherein the spatial properties of the measurements are central to their analysis and interpretation.

What we do.

We help you learn about spatial archaeometry, develop your ideas through collaborative project proposal writing, apply your research plans through SPARC research support awards, and collaborate your results and experience with the archaeological community.

Why we do it.

Collaborating on research, sharing equipment and resources, and facilitating knowledge exchanges and best practices will promote the use of remote sensing methods and geospatial in archaeological research and assist researchers in meeting their project's goals.

SPARC Areas of Expertise

Funded Projects » See All Funded Projects

Modeling Long-Term Water Management Strategies on the Irrigated Plain of Miān-āb, in the Khuzistan Province of Iran. Type of Application:

Mehrnoush Soroush's project attempts to understand the longue durée water management strategies on the irrigated landscape of ... More Info


A 3D Digital Collection and Virtual Exhibit for Santa Ana Tavela's Community Museum

Stacie King will be developing a workflow and protocol to model and virtually display objects from a community museum collectio... More Info


Important Dates* » Winter

1 MarchPre-Consultations Open
15 MayApplications Open
15 JuneApplication Deadline
15 AugustNotifications

*these dates apply to Fieldwork & Data & Analytics applications.