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What is SPARC?

SPARC is an NSF-funded program at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) 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

Congratulations to the SPARC Award Recipients for Winter 2016-2017: (07/19/16) Since 2014 the SPARC Program, based at the University’s Center for Advanced Spatial Techn... More Info

Application deadline extended for winter 2016 / spring 2017 projects - now May 23: (05/04/16) The application deadline for winter 2016 / spring 2017 projects has been extended to May 23. Contact... More Info

Busayra Project publication in the Antiquity Project Gallery: (04/11/16) Congratulations to the Busayra team for publishing an initial report on their work at Busayra with A... 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

Understanding Rejolladas and Examining their Potential for Predicting Settlement Location at Tahcabo

Professor Patricia McAnany and Maia Dedrick of UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Adolfo-Iván Batún-Alpuche (AGEY) will be collaborati... More Info

Important Dates » Applications for Projects in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017

1 April 2016Applications Open
23 May 2016Application Deadline
20 June 2016Notifications
September 2016- February 2017Target Project Period