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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

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

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

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

Reconstructing the Environment and Topography of the Forum Boarium in Rome

Together with SPARC researchers, Ms. Brock will use newly acquired data from her coring survey to build a digital model of th... More Info


Biodiversity as a Social Process: Land Use, Resource Consumption, and Near-surface Geophysical Explorations at South Indian Iron Age-Early Historic Settlements

Dr. Andrew Bauer of the University of Illinois will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to carry out near-surface mapping of m... More Info


Important Dates » Applications for Projects in Spring and Summer 2018

15 September 2017Applications Open
19 November 2017Application Deadline
27 December 2017Notifications
March - August 2018Target Project Period