Field and Summer Training Programs
Developing skills in geomatics involves learning concepts, theory, and numeric techniques as well as the practical issues associated with the operation of data capture instruments (scanners, GPS, etc.) and the processing of data they acquire. In addition to the traditional class room programs and short courses described elsewhere on these pages the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies has developed a series of intensive multi-week field training programs that combine intensive education in theory with practical experience with data capture and analysis. These programs are described below.
U of A Field Programs:
The Summer 2012 University of Arkansas archaeological field school will work on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus as part of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project. This collaborative project between Cornell University, Ithaca College and CAST is investigating the relationship between the island’s first cities and the revolutionary social changes that took place during the Late Bronze Age (1700-1100 BCE). Through hands-on field work and occasional lectures, students will learn to use geophysical survey, excavation, and the latest spatial technologies, including 3D scanning, to help reconstruct the urban fabric of the Bronze Age centers of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and Maroni-Vournes/Tsaroukkas. Students will live in a Cypriot village and learn about the island's incredible cultural and archaeological legacy through a series of field trips and presentations.
Students who enroll in the Tell el-Amarna Archaeological Geophysics Field School will spend five weeks on site using the latest in ground-based remote sensing technologies to reveal the buried secrets of Amarna, Egypt, the sacred city built by Pharaoh Akhenaten for the sun god. Students will explore the well-preserved ruins of the great capital city of New Kingdom Egypt, located halfway between Cairo and Luxor. During the field program, students will receive hands-on experience using non-invasive archaeological techniques including surface survey and near-surface geophysical prospection. Our research will concentrate on the North City, and the South Cemetery where we will map buried archaeological features with prospection technologies such as magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar.
Learn more about Amarna and ongoing research there by visiting www.amarnaproject.com
For more than 40 years the Center for American Archaeology at Kampsville, IL has been one of the premier locations for the field training of American archaeologists. The program there is offered by Arizona State University under the direction of Dr. Jane Buikstra. Dr Buikstra, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and many other prestigious organizations is one of the nation’s leading researchers. In 2010 ASU partnered with the University of Arkansas in the Geomatics Field Training track that consists of three intensive 2-week modules: geophysical testing, geoarchaeology and geographic information science (GIS). Students that enroll in the Field Archaeology Track also receive instruction in archaeological geophysics and GIS.
Students who enroll will receive course credit at Arizona State University which may be transferred to their home institution.