SAROI: The Spatial Archaeology Residential & Online Institute


The Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute (SAROI), hosted by the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas and supported by the National Endowment for Humanities, offers 16 emerging scholars in archaeology and heritage management advanced training in spatial methodologies.

SAROI (from the Akkadian šāru, an ancient Mesopotamian unit of measurement) addresses an increasing need for advanced training in spatial methodologies in archaeology, heritage management, and closely related disciplines. Spatial analysis of human behavior involves data on a “very large-scale,” as there are many aspects involved in understanding how humans perceive space, occupy it, and alter it. Obtaining this “very large-scale” data involves the high-density measurement and analysis of objects, structures, sites, and landscapes. Such topics include, but are not limited to, 3D methods such as photogrammetry, laser scanning, and microCT; using GNSS and sUAS (drone) sensors; satellite and aerial imagery analysis; geospatial databases and analysis; and digital museums, archives, and storytelling; (see About and Structure).

SAROI seeks to support 16 junior (e.g. late-stage doctoral through pre-tenure) archaeology and cultural heritage scholars for an online and in-person training and mentorship program over the span of 1.5 years. Beginning spring of their first year, SAROI Fellows will have access to a suite of online geospatial training resources. Each cohort will travel to the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and the MicroCT Imaging Consortium (MICRO) at the University of Arkansas for two in-person workshops held over two consecutive summers. Throughout, Fellows will receive mentoring from designated CAST and MICRO staff that align with their research interests. Fellows will gain a solid understanding of multiple spatial techniques alongside training and mentoring in equipment and software specific to their research interests. SAROI will have two cohorts of eight Fellows each: for 2021-2022 and for 2022-2023.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Fellows through our submission portal (see Apply for more information).

At this point, we anticipate the first in-person residency workshop to take place in June or July 2021, date finalized soon. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and abide by the recommendations from health authorities such as CDC and WHO. We will post any developments to the website and be in contact with SAROI applicants and Fellows to make alternative plans if needed.


The increasing need for advanced training in spatial methods for archaeology and heritage management

Who We Are

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville


The two in-person SAROI workshops to be held at CAST in Fayetteville, Arkansas


Online educational materials, in-person workshops, remote mentoring, and access to equipment and software


Eligibility requirements, application information, and notification timeline


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