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Award Season: Winter - 2016

Architectural Sequences in the Shire Region

Together with SPARC researchers, Drs. Wendrich and Barnard and Ms. Moy will undertake geophysical survey and analysis of archaeological remains dating to the Aksumite Period across an occupation area around the sites of Mai Adrasha and Mezebar Adimenabr (Ethiopia). The material culture of this perio... More Info

  • PI: Willeke Wendrich
  • Institution: University of California – Los Angeles
  • Co-PI: Hans Barnard and Rachel Moy
  • Instituion: University of California – Los Angeles
  • Region: Africa

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 georeferenced 3D models of Egyptian inscriptions carved into the stone and their immediately surrounding landscapes in a variety of locations in the Middle East and North Africa t... More Info

  • PI: Jennifer Thum
  • Institution: Brown University
  • Co-PI: Parker Van Valkenburgh
  • Instituion: Brown University
  • Region: Near East and North Africa

Mapping the growth of land-route networks across Anatolia

Mr. Stephens will collaborate with the CAST team to undertake high resolution path modeling and network analysis to investigate routeways emerging and in use in Anatolia in the Early Iron Age (ca. 1100-800 BCE), following the collapse of the Hittite state ca. 1200 BCE. This work will support the PIs... More Info

  • PI: Lucas Stephens
  • Institution: University of Pennsylvania
  • Region: Near East

Modeling Royal Architecture at Sans Souci, Haiti: 3D Scanning and Photogrammetry at a UNESCO World Heritage Site

CAST researchers will be collaborating with Dr. Monroe and Mrs. Rocourt to collect new 3D scanning and photogrammetric data of the standing architecture at San Souci, Haiti to generate a high resolution architectural and topographic plan of the site. The collection of this data is crucial to the PIs... More Info

  • PI: Cameron Monroe
  • Institution: University of California – Santa Cruz
  • Co-PI: Monique Rocourt
  • Instituion: Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National
  • Region: Caribbean

Award Season: Summer - 2016

Craft Production and Technological Change at Fortress Sites in the South Caucasus, c. 1500-500 BC

Through this collaborative project, Mr. Erb-Satullo and members of the SPARC team will carry out geophysical surveys at Mtsvane Gora (Republic of Georgia). The project aims to identify and understand the spatial distribution of metallurgy activities and extra-mural settlement at the site. The el... More Info

  • PI: Nathaniel Erb-Satullo
  • Institution: Harvard University
  • Co-PI: Dr. Jason Ur
  • Instituion: Harvard University
  • Region: Caucasus

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 the temple complex at Sant’Omobono (Rome, Italy) and the adjacent Tiber River harbor. By reconstructing the natural and built environment of this area, the team will expl... More Info

  • PI: Andrea Brock
  • Institution: University of Michigan
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

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 at Marzuolo, a rural production site located in Tuscany, Italy. Supported through pre-fieldwork and on-site collaboration, the team at Marzuolo will establish a method f... More Info

  • PI: Rhodora Vennarucci
  • Institution: University of Arkansas
  • Co-PI: Astrid Van Oyen and Gijs Tol
  • Instituion: Cambridge University and University of Groningen
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

Five Lands Geospatial Project

Dr. Carter, together with Ms. Santini and Mr. Davenport, will collaborate with SPARC researchers to study the relationships between terrain, routeways, and evolving settlement patterns in the Five Lands region during the Classic period of Maya culture history. The project will assess the relatio... More Info

  • PI: Dr. Nicholas Carter
  • Institution: Harvard University
  • Co-PI: Ms. Lauren Santini, and Mr. Bryce Davenport
  • Instituion: Harvard University and Cultural Site Research and Management
  • Region: Central America

Geospatial Analytics at Gast Farm, a Multicomponent Site in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

Drs. Green, Whelan, Doershuk, and Swanson will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to develop a GIS and integrate the diverse data collected through their ongoing investigation of Gast Farm, a 13-hectare prehistoric site complex located in southeast Iowa. This site is important for the under... More Info

  • PI: William Green
  • Institution: Beloit College
  • Co-PI: Susan Swanson, Mary Whelan, and John Doershuk
  • Instituion: Arizona State University, University of Iowa
  • Region: North America

Award Season: Summer - 2015

Data-fusion of a multi-instrument geophysical survey of an Iron Age Iberian/Roman settlement

Wendy Cegielski (ASU), with co-PIs Justin Rego and Ignacio Grau-Mira will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to investigate the structure and organization of the urban, Iberian fortified settlement of Mariola in Eastern Spain. Mariola’s occupation spans the 2 and 1 centuries BC, a period m... More Info

  • PI: Wendy Cegielski
  • Institution: Arizona State University
  • Co-PI: Justin Rego and Ignacio Grau-Mira
  • Instituion: University of Alicante
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

Vulci 3000

Vulci 3000 is a multidisciplinary project of archaeological research, training and digital communication focused on the Etruscan site of Vulci in central Italy. At many Etruscan sites archaeological research has focused on the necropoleis and funerary contexts. This research orientation has br... More Info

  • PI: Dr. Maurizio Forte
  • Institution: Duke University
  • Co-PI: Dr. Nevio Danelon
  • Instituion: Duke University
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

The Gault Site 41BL323

The Gault Site (421BL323) is a multi‐component site with virtually every interval in the regional prehistoric record represented. Deposits in different parts of the site result from various mixes of anthropic and geologic processes (fluvial, colluvial, aeolian) as well as pedogenesis. At th... More Info

  • PI: Dr. Michael Collins
  • Institution: University of Texas at Austin
  • Co-PI: Dr. Bruce Bradley
  • Instituion: Texas State University
  • Region: North America

Malthi Mapping and Digitization Project

Malthi provides a nearly unique example of a fully excavated Middle Hellenic (MH) settlement. The excavated remains include a series of houses, storage facilities, entrance ways, and possible public architecture, enclosed by a settlement wall. Malthi is perhaps the first MH site at which a major... More Info

  • PI: Rebecca Worsham
  • Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
  • Co-PI: Donald Haggis and Michael Lindblom
  • Instituion: UNC Chapel Hill and Uppsala University
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

Understanding Rejolladas and Examining their Potential for Predicting Settlement Location at Tahcabo

Professor Patricia McAnany and Maia Dedrick of UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Adolfo-Iván Batún-Alpuche (AGEY) will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to seeks to identify the size and distribution of rejolladas (limestone solution sinkholes) on commonly held ejido land surrounding the town of ... More Info

  • PI: Patricia McAnany
  • Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
  • Co-PI: Maia Dedrick
  • Instituion: UNC Chapel Hill
  • Region: Central America

Award Season: Winter - 2014

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 imperial rule. Scholars have paid particular attention to the ways indigenous economies reacted under the stress of imperial demands for tribute and market demands for new or ... More Info

  • PI: Benjamin Porter
  • Institution: University of California, Berkeley
  • Region: Near East

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 magnetic anomalies as part of a broader interdisciplinary project designed to examine the related social and natural histories of the understudied inselbergs (island mount... More Info

  • PI: Andrew Bauer
  • Institution: University of Illinois
  • Region: India

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 structured light scanner to create detailed 3D models of ceramic artifacts featuring finger and hand prints from the Parker-Harris Pottery Site and Three Cranes tavern Site in ... More Info

  • PI: Joseph Bagley and Jennifer Poulsen
  • Institution: Boston Landmarks Commission
  • Region: North America

Award Season: Summer - 2014

Lidar data acquisition and landscape archaeology for the Caribbean island of Montserrat

The Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat project began in 2010, and Drs. Ryzewski and Cherry have been conducting pedestrian survey for four field seasons. The dense vegetation and steep terrain of this island preclude intensive, systematic survey and ground visibility is extremely poor... More Info

  • PI: Krysta Ryzewski
  • Institution: Wayne State University
  • Co-PI: John Cherry
  • Instituion: Brown University
  • Region: Caribbean

Etruria Before and After the Roman Conquest. The Landscape of Vulci.

Over a thousand archaeological sites have been identified in the landscape around Vulci, located north of Rome in Italy through a variety of surveys and excavations. Through this SPARC supported project, researchers from SUNY Buffalo and Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei - Rome will be bringing this... More Info

  • PI: Orlando Cerasuolo, Erin Warford, Stephen Dyson
  • Institution: SUNY Buffalo
  • Co-PI: Luca Polcinelli
  • Instituion: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei - Rome
  • Region: Mediterranean Europe

Evaluating Competition Beween Chaco-Style Great Houses in the Southern Cibola Region of West-Central New Mexico

Kristin Safi's project aims to investigate the social mechanisms operating within great house community organization and inter-community interaction that served to integrate and differentiate multi-ethnic communities in the southern Cibola region of west central New Mexico. With SPARC support... More Info

  • PI: Kristin Safi
  • Institution: Washington State University
  • Region: North America

A 3D Digital Collection and Virtual Exhibit for Santa Ana Tavela's Community Museum

Stacie King will be developing a workflow and protocol to model and virtually display objects from a community museum collection in Santa Ana Tavela, Mexico, using structure from motion style photogrammetry and an open source, lightweight approach to virtual museums. This project aims to bring in... More Info

  • PI: Stacie King
  • Institution: Glenn A. Black Laboratory for Archaeology, Indiana University
  • Region: North America

Modeling Long-Term Water Management Strategies on the Irrigated Plain of Miān-āb, in the Khuzistan Province of Iran. Type of Application:

Mehrnoush Soroush's project attempts to understand the longue durée water management strategies on the irrigated landscape of Miān-āb, in the Khuzistan Province of Iran. Using historical aerial photographs and declassified Corona imagery she plans to create a historical DEM and carry out hydro... More Info

  • PI: Mehrnoush Soroush
  • Institution: New York University
  • Region: Near East

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 space and households at the Dionisio Point Site in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia. This data will be used to support the broader study of economic indicators of hous... More Info

  • PI: Patrick Dolan
  • Institution: Washington State University
  • Co-PI: Colin Grier
  • Instituion: Washington State University
  • Region: North America

Bosutswe Landscapes: Exploring early African towns through geophysics and photogrammetry

Drs. Klehm and Ernenwien will be using geophysical and airborne thermographic survey to study three small rural sites in Botswana, with the aim of expanding our understanding of the local social, political, and economic landscape around the polity site of Bosutswe, the central site for this area... More Info

  • PI: Carla Klehm
  • Institution: University of Washington St. Louis
  • Co-PI: Eileen Ernenwein
  • Instituion: East Tennessee State University
  • Region: Africa