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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

Upcoming online SAA Seminar with Fred Limp: Newer Developments in Technologies for the Measurement of Form and Space in Archaeology: Part II: (11/27/18) December 6, 2018 2-3pm EST More than 60 years ago, Gordon Willey famously stated... More Info

NSF support for SPARC renewed!: (09/25/18) Building on five years of continuous investment, the National Science Foundation has renewed funding... More Info

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

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

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 collaborati... More Info


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... More Info


Important Dates » Applications for Projects 2018-2019

Applications for projects in 2018-2019 are now being accepted.