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Acqusition, Processing, and Analysis of Declassified CORONA Satellite Imagery: A free, ACLS/SPARC-sponsored three-day workshop that explores technical aspects and research applications of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery. Participants will learn a variety of skills to use, orthorectify (via CAST's Sunspot service), analyze, and integrate Corona imagery for a variety of research applications.

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

Apply for SPARC Spring - Summer2017 Awards - November 19th Deadline: (09/25/16) Applications for SPARC Spring - Summer 2017 Season are now open. We are accepting applications for ... More Info

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

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

Marzuolo Archaeological Project: Crafting Innovation and Community in The Roman Countryside

Drs. Vennarucci, Van Oyen and Tol will work with SPARC researchers to implement a digital recording system for the excavations... More Info


The Gault Site 41BL323

The Gault Site (421BL323) is a multi‐component site with virtually every interval in the regional prehistoric record repres... More Info


Important Dates » Applications for Projects in Spring and Summer 2017

15 September 2016Applications Open
19 November 2016Application Deadline
19 December 2016Notifications
March - August 2017Target Project Period