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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

Apply for SPARC Summer 2015 Fieldwork, Data & Analytics, and Archiving & Publication Awards: (10/27/14) Applications for SPARC Summer Season (May 2015 - August 2015) Fieldwork, Data & Analytics, and A... More Info

SPARC Webinar: Archaeological Geophysics - Sensor Selection and Site Suitability: (10/06/14) Speaker: Eileen Ernenwein (East Tennessee State University) Archaeological geophysics i... More Info

Winter 2014 Funded Projects: (08/24/14) We are proud to announce the second group of projects supported by SPARC Awards. Congratulations ... 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

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


Identification of Coarse Earthenware Potters on Production and Consumption Sites in Charlestown, Massachusetts Using Fingerprint Biometric Identification

Joseph Bagley and Jennifer Poulsen of the Boston Landmarks Commission will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to use a struct... More Info


Important Dates » Summer 2015

15 November 2014Applications Open
15 December 2014Application Deadline
15 February 2014Notifications