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Archaeospatial Research

An overriding goal of archaeospatial research at the College is to develop a series of tools and approaches to the study of the past that are spatially referenced and shaped by our knowledge (or assumptions) of the cultures and societies under investigation.  Since the early 2000s, archaeospatial research at the College has been engaged in four main areas to:

  1. develop methods to analyze past landscapes to understand local, regional, and long distance socio-economic connections
  2. enhance deductive-based modeling to help bring increased rigor to interpreting regional survey data
  3. integrate mobile and geospatial technology into field methods to improve speed and accuracy in collection.
  4. combine high-resolution satellite imagery, DGPS, and tradtional records to improve data accuracy and aid in conservation and curation.

These areas of research permeate projects supported via the lab, such as the On-line Geographical Information System for the Theban Necropolis, the Avkat Archaeological Project, the Göksu Archaeological Project, and other faculty and student research projects highlighted in the lab's listing of publications and ongoing research.