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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

SPARC/SLAM Project publishes research results in the Journal of Field Archaeology: (09/15/15) We are proud to announce the publication of results from the "Lidar data acquisition and landscape a... More Info

New Application Deadlines: (07/04/15) Application opening dates and deadlines for submission are changing for 2016 projects. Applications ... More Info

SAA Forum on Diverse Digital Archaeologies: (03/18/15) Members of the SPARC team will be participating in the "Diverse Digital Archaeologies" Forum at t... 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

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

The economic organization of a pre-contact Northwest Coast village

Patrick Dolan and Colin Grier will be using magnetometry survey to collect essential data on the organization of domestic... More Info

Important Dates » Applications for Projects in Spring and Summer 2016

15 September 2015Applications Open
6 November 2015Application Deadline
4 December 2015Notifications