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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

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

Applications open for winter 2016-2017 SPARC Projects: (04/01/16) Applications are now being accepted for winter 2016-2017 SPARC Projects. Contact us at 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

Bosutswe Landscapes: Exploring early African towns through geophysics and photogrammetry

Drs. Klehm and Ernenwien will be using geophysical and airborne thermographic survey to study three small rural sites in Botsw... More Info

Measuring Household Economies in Iron Age Southwest Jordan: An Archaeological Case Study from Edomite Busayra

Anthropological archaeologists have long sought to document and explain how the economies of past societies responded to imper... 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