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Since 2013, the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) Program has promoted the development of new geospatial methods and applications in archaeology and the visibility of these innovations to the broader archaeological community. In addition, SPARC supports good practice in the archiving and publication of digital geospatial data.

Outlined below are the research outcomes associated with SPARC-supported projects, which include publications, professional presentations and organized symposia, and grants stemming from successful SPARC results. Links to SPARC-related websites and archived SPARC project data, available on free, open-source data repository Zenodo (hosted at CERN), are also included below.

BOLD indicates SPARC staff authorship, demonstrating in part the collaborative nature of the SPARC Program.



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Publications (* indicates peer-reviewed)

2019

*Van Oyen, A., R. G. Vennarucci, A. L. Fischetti and Tol, G. W. (2019). “Un centro artigianale di epoca romana: terzo anno di scavo a Podere Marzuolo (Cinigiano, GR). Bollettino di Archeologica Online.

Van Oyen, A., G. W. Tol, and Vennarucci, R. G. (2019). “The missing link: a nucleated rural centre at Podere Marzuolo (Cinigiano, GR),” in A. Sebastiani and C. Megale (eds), Mediterraneo Toscano e che gli atti del I Convegno Internazionale tenutosi a Civitella Paganico il 29 e 30 Giugno 2018 . Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

*Hill, A., Limp, F.,Casana, J., Laugier, E., and Williamson, M. (2019). A new era in spatial data recording: Low-cost GNSS. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 7, 169-177. https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2018.50

*Carter, N., Santini, L., Barnes, A., Opitz, R., White, D., Safi, K., Davenport, B., Brown, C., and Witschey, W. (2019). Country Roads: Travel, visibility, and Late Classic Maya settlement in the southern Maya mountains. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44, 84-108. https://doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2019.1571373

*Klehm, C., Barnes, A., Follett, F., Simon, K., Kiahtipes, C., and Mothulatshipi, S. (2019). Toward archaeological predictive modeling in the Bosutswe region of Botswana: Utilizing multispectral satellite imagery to conceptualize ancient landscapes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 54, 68-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2019.02.002

*Erb-Satullo, N., Jachvliani, D., Kalayci, T., Puturidze, M. and Simon, K. (2019). Investigating the spatial organisation of Bronze and Iron Age fortress complexes in the South Caucasus. Antiquity, 93(368), 412-431. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.191

2018

*Opitz, R., & Herrmann, J. (2018). Recent trends and long-standing problems in archaeological remote sensing. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 1(1), 19-41. http://doi.org/10.5334/jcaa.11

*Wiig, F., Harrower, M., Braun, A., Nathan, S., Lehner, J., Simon, K., Sturm, J., Trinder, J., Dumitru, I., Hensley, S., and Clark, T. (2018). Mapping a subsurface water channel with X-Band and C-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar at the Iron Age archaeological site of ‘Uqdat al-Bakrah (Safah), Oman. Geosciences, 8, 334. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8090334

*Dungan, K., White, D., Déderix, S., Mills, B., and Safi, K. (2018). A total viewshed approach to local visibility in the Chaco world. Antiquity, 92, 905-921. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.135

*McLeester, M., Casana, J., Schurr, M., Hill, A., and Wheeler, J. III. (2018). Detecting prehistoric landscape features using thermal, multispectral, and historical imagery analysis at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21, 450-459. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.08.016

*Worsham, R., Lindblom, M., and Zikidi, C. (2018). Preliminary report of the Malthi Archaeological Project, 2015-2016. Opuscula: Journal of the Swedish Institute at Athens, 11, 7-28. https://doi.org/10.30549/opathrom-11-02

Dungan, K., White, D., and Déderix, S. 2018. Visibility and Chacoan architecture. Archaeology Southwest Magazine, 32(2-3), 33–34.

Vennarucci, R. G., A. Van Oyen, and Tol, G. W. (2018). Una Comunità Artigianale nella Toscana Rurale: il sito di Marzuolo. In A. Pizzo and V. Nizzo (eds), Antico e Non Antico: Scritti Multidisciplinari Offerti a Giusepe Pucci (pp. 589-598). Milan: Mimesis Edizioni.

Thum, J. (2018). In Between and Beyond: Working in the borderlands of ARCE and the Egyptian empire. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies, 6 (3), 230-246. http://doi.org/10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.6.3.0230

2017

*Dolan, P., Grier, C., Markussen, C., and Simon, K. (2017). Magnetic gradient survey of the Marpole Period Dionisio Point (DgRv-003) Plankhouse Village, Northwest coast of North America. Journal of Field Archaeology, 42(5), 437-449. https://doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2017.1368841

*Limp, W., and Williamson, M. (2017). Strategies for International Travel with ‘High-Tech’ Archaeological Field Equipment. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 5(4), 382-87.

*Monroe, J.C. (2017). New light from Haiti's royal past: Recent archaeological excavations in the Palace of Sans-Souci, Milot. Journal of Haitian Studies, 23, 5-31. http://doi.org/10.1353/jhs.2017.0015

2016

Limp, W. (2016). Measuring the face of the past and facing the measurement, in M. Forte and S. Campana (eds.) Digital methods and remote sensing in archaeology. Quantitative Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_16

Brown, S., Porter, B., Simon, K., Markussen, C. & Wilson, A. (2016). Newly documented domestic architecture at Iron Age Busayra (Jordan): Preliminary results from a geophysical survey. Antiquity Project Gallery, 90(350). http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/brown350

2015

*Limp, W. , and Payne, A. (2015). “Imagining the Medieval Mississippian Town.” In T. Pauketat and S. Ault (eds), Medieval Mississippians (pp. 87-92). Santa Fe: SAR Press.

*Opitz, R., Ryzewski, K., Cherry, J. and Moloney, B. (2015). Using airborne LiDAR survey to explore historic-era archaeological landscapes of Montserrat in the eastern Caribbean. Journal of Field Archaeology, 40, 523-541. https://doi.org/10.1179/2042458215Y.0000000016

*Optiz, R. and Limp, W. (2015). Recent developments in high-density survey and measurement (HDSM) for archaeology: Implications for practice and theory. Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 44, 347-64. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-102214-013845

2014

*Herrmann, J. (2014). Special issue on digital domains: introduction. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 2(3), 145-146. https://doi.org/10.7183/2326-3768.2.3.145

Casana, J. (2014). New approaches to spatial archaeometry: Applications from the Near East. Near Eastern Archaeology, 77(3), 171-175. https://doi.org/10.5615/neareastarch.77.3.0171



Field Reports

2018

2018. “Archaeological Water Histories of Oman (ArWHO) Project.” 2018 Field Report, Sept 7, 2018 (51 pages plus appendices).

2018. “Marzuolo 2018 Season Summary.” Fasti Online.



Conference Presentations

2019

Harrower, M.J., Lehner, J., Nathan, S., Dumitru, I., Wiig, F., Simon, K., Viete, D., Livi, K., Renaux, L., and Tritsch, M. 2019. Metallurgy in the Desert: New Investigations at the Iron Age site of ‘Uqdat al-Bakrah (Safah), Oman. Paper Presentation at the 53 rd Seminar for Arabian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, July 11-13, 2019.

Simon, K ., and Angel, C. 2019. “Machine Learning for Ground-Penetrating Radar.” Poster Presentation at the 47th Annual Conference of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Krakow, Poland, April 25, 2019.

Wernke, S. 2019. “Seeing like a neural network? Possibilities and predicaments of large scale virtual archaeological prospection,” Paper presentation at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 11, 2019.

Erb-Satullo, N. L. 2019. “Integrating multiple survey techniques to explore the organization of Bronze and Iron Age fortresses.” Paper presentation at the workshop Across Mountains and Plains: Landscape Archaeology in the South Caucasus. Durham University, UK.

2018

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “LOGAR y GeoPACHA: herramientas digitales para perspectivas inter-regionales sobre Tawantinsuyu y el Virreinato del Perú.” Paper presentation at the international symposium Un imperio, múltiples espacios: análisis espaciales en arqueología Inca, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Peru, Lima, August 1-2, 2018.

Simon, K ., Monroe, J.C., Markussen, C. and Sexton, C. “Illuminating Haiti’s Royal Past: Advancing Analytics through 3D Data Fusion of Terrestrial Surface Models and Subsurface Geophysical Data.” Presented at Presented at the 83rd Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 14, 2018.

Follett, F ., Barnes, A., Simon, K. and Klehm, C. “Toward an Automated Model for Archaeological Site Detection in Eastern Botswana, a Clustering Method.” Presented at Presented at the 83rd Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 14, 2018.

Klehm, C., Barnes, A., Follett, F. and Simon, K. 2018. “From Geophysics to Building a Predictive GIS Model of Archaeological Sites in the African Interior: Spatial Archaeometric Applications of the Bosutswe Landscapes Regional Survey, Botswana.” Presented at Presented at the 83rd Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2018.

Simon, K., Angel, C., Markussen, C., and Monroe, J.C. 2018. “3D Data Fusion and Machine Learning: Advancing Analytics and Archaeological Interpretation in Haiti’s Royal Past.” Presented at the 46th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference, Tubingen, Germany. March 22, 2018.

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “LOGAR y GeoPACHA: logros y posibilidades de humanidades digitales para el estudio de la Reducción General de Indios.” Paper presentation in the symposium Nuevas miradas sobre las reducciones toledanas: hacia un diálogo interregional y multidiscilinario, at the International Congress of Americanists, Salamanca Spain.

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “LOGAR and GeoPACHA: Progress and Prospects of Collaborative Digital Humanities Tools for the Study of the Reducción General.” Paper presentation at the international symposium Unsettling Resettlement: Forced Concentration of the Native Population in the Colonial Andes, Vanderbilt University.



Organized Symposium

2018

Simon, K. 2018. “Is Digital Always Better?” 83rd Annual Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Washington D.C. April 14, 2018.

2017

Simon, K. 2017. “Women in CAA.” 47th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. March 15, 2017.



Invited Presentations

2019

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2019. “LOGAR and GeoPACHA: Digital Tools for Generating Regional Perspectives on the Andean Past.” Invited presentation for Seminar Digital Human Geography at Supra-Regional Scales, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan.

2018

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “Implementing Collaborative Digital Humanities Tools for Andean Archaeology and History.” Invited presentation at the workshop Andean Archaeologists of Central New York, Syracuse University.

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “Building Collaborative Digital Humanities Platforms for Andean Archaeology and History.” Invited presentation at Thinking Through the Archives, Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop, organized by Peter C. Macall, University of Southern California.

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “Reflections on Digital Humanities Toolbuilding for Andean Archaeology and History.” Invited presentation at SHARE NEH Planning Grant Focus Group Site Visit. Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt University.

Wernke, S., VanValkenburgh, P., and Saito, A. 2018. “Implementing Collaborative Digital Humanities Tools for the Andean Archaeology and History.” Invited presentation at Digital Humanities and the History of Slavery, A Workshop to Enhance Research, Collaboration and Graduate Training, organized by Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University.



Subsequent Grants and Proposals Based on SPARC Project Results

2019

2019. National Science Foundation – “Acquisition of a Laser-Ablation System for Trace Element Mapping and Large-N Geochronology by Inductively-Coupled-Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).” D. Viete, PI; M.L. Gomes, Co-PI; M.J. Harrower, Co-PI; W.R. Nelson, Co-PI; E. Smith, Co-PI. $216,504 USD.

2018

2018-present. Vanderbilt University Trans-Institutional Programs – Vanderbilt Initiative for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research (VIIGR). Steven A. Wernke, P.I.

2018-present. American Council of Learned Societies – Digital Extension Grant – “Extending GeoPACHA: Geospatial Platform for Andean Culture, History, and Archaeology.” Steven A. Wernke, P.I. $150,000 USD.

2018-present Australian Research Council. Discovery Early Career Research Award – “Strategic resources and human cooperation in the rise of social complexity in southeastern Arabia” J. Lehner, PI; M.J. Harrower, Collaborator; A. Herries, Collaborator; D. Jacob, Collaborator; S. Nathan, Collaborator; I. Dumitru, Collaborator. $384,983 AUS.

2018-present. Digital Globe Foundation in kind satellite imagery grant – “Automated archaeological feature detection through semantic segmentation of satellite imagery” $120,000 USD.

2018. College of Arts and Science Conference Grant – “Unsettling Resettlement: Forced Concentration of the Native Population in the Colonial Andes.” Akira Saito and Steven A. Wernke, Organizers.

2017

2017-2019. Vanderbilt University Trans-Institutional Programs – “VUSAT: Vanderbilt University Satellite Initiative.” Amrutur Anilkumar, PI; Steven A. Wernke, Co-PI; Ralf Bennartz, Co-PI.

2017. SPARC grant – “Bosutswe Landscapes Regional Survey: Building a Predictive GIS Model of Archaeological Sites in the African Interior.” Carla Klehm, PI. $10,276 USD.

2017. Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award Program – Trade, Civilization, and Spatial Archaeology: Mapping Ancient Copper and Chlorite Trade Networks.” M. Harrower, PI; D. Viete, Collaborator; K. Livi – Collaborator. $74,943 USD.

2017. Johns Hopkins University Space@Hopkins Program. “Detecting Archaeological Sites and Raw Material Sources in Satellite Imagery.” M. Harrower, PI; D. Viete, Co-PI; B. Ménard, Co-PI; B. Zaitchik, Co-PI; C. Priebe, Co-PI. $24,953 USD.



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