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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

Congrats to the Dionisio Point team on their new publication: (09/25/17) In 2014 SPARC supported Patrick Dolan and Colin Grier in their project, "The economic organization o... More Info

NSF Renews Support for SPARC: (08/30/17) The SPARC team is happy to anno... More Info

Congratulations to the SPARC Award Recipients for Spring-Summer 2017: (01/10/17) We are proud to announce the next group of projects supported by SPARC Awards. In Spring-Su... 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

Turning the Landscape into a Stela: The Mechanics of Egyptian Royal Rock Inscriptions

Photo Credit: A.D. Riddle Ms. Thum will collaborate with researchers from CAST to create detailed and georefere... More Info

Developing GeoPACHA: Geospatial Platform for Andean Culture, History, and Archaeology

This project will contribute to the development of GeoPACHA (Geospatial Platform for Andean Colonial History and Archaeology), a g... More Info

Important Dates » Applications for Projects 2017-2018

Applications for projects in 2017-2018 are now being accepted.