What does a workshop on spatial data acquisition and analysis look like?

Interested in SAROI? Check out the schedule from the 2021 SAROI workshop on data acquisition and analysis to get a better sense of what the residential-portion of your schedule might look like: 2021 SAROI First Workshop Schedule

Note that some of the topics, and their organization, will change for the second cohort’s workshop.

Recent publications

SAROI Fellow Josh Robinson on spatial statistics and stable isotope analysis in archaeology

Stable isotopic analysis is typically used in archaeology to describe past movement and/or the diet of people and animals. Much of these research results are left at the descriptive level, while their spatial component–their isotopic space–not fully explored, despite such research being fundamentally rooted in various places. One of our 2021-2022 SAROI Fellows, Josh Robinson, recently reviewed the use of spatial statistics for stable isotope analysis, and the user-friendly rKIN package, in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory: Josh also recently explored spatial and temporal trends in Late Pleistocene Eastern Africa using stable isotopes, to understand the mechanisms through which human populations exchanged genes, ideas, and behaviors, in the journal Historical Biology: We look forward to seeing what’s next from Josh with respect to spatial modeling!

Spatial archaeology

Meet the first cohort of SAROI Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce our first SAROI Fellow cohort! The 2021-2022 SAROI Fellows hail from all parts of the United States and represent a range of colleges and institutions, early career stages, areas of research foci, and spatial archaeological applications; however, they are united in their passion for the humanistic social sciences and their mutual commitment to diversity and inclusivity within the spatial humanities. They are: Wolfgang Alders, University of California Berkeley; Brandi Bethke, Oklahoma Archaeological Survey; Kaitlyn Davis, University of Colorado Boulder and United States Forest Service; Graham Goodwin, University of California Merced; Kristin Landau, Alma College; Brandi L. MacDonald, Missouri University Research Reactor and University of Missouri Columbia; Joshua Robinson, Boston University; and Camille Westmont, University of the South.

Learn more about our 2021-2022 Fellows here.




Teaching Resource: Reuse of archived digital 3D models for university students
As the archiving of digital data continues to increase, questions surrounding the reuse of archaeological data has begun to emerge (see Kansa and Kansa 2018 . With the Coronavirus disease pandemic resulting in many university courses being taught online, and fieldworks plans delayed, teaching resources for the use of archived data have become even more important.
SPARC, an NSF-supported initiative that promotes geospatial research in archaeology and involves many SAROI staff, has developed a university-level teaching resource that explores a collection of 3D models of ceramics. Over a series of five exercises, students learn what 3D models are, how to use metadata to assess a 3D dataset’s reusability for research, how to use to Meshlab and CloudCompare to visualize and analyze 3D data in informative ways. The archived data comes from the 2014 SPARC collaboration, “Boston Fingerprints” (Bagley, Poulsen, and Opitz).