GIS and Remote sensing are the primary tools we employ at the SAIE lab to study the spatial and temporal intersection of human and environmental landscapes. Most of the analytical and material aspects of our research are tied together spatially and facilitate a holistic way of interpreting the complexity of cultural geography through time. The projects linked here focus directly on the spatial analytical methods we use to simulate and model various aspects of archaeological, climatic, ecological, and social phenomena from prehistory to the present day.
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The Gigapan camera is a simple robotic platform for capturing very high-resolution (gigapixel and up) panoramic images from a digital camera. Sponsored by Google, CMU and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, the Global Connection Project has also developed software which places you inside the panorama and lets you explore. Check out our gigapan projects to learn more.
Computer simulations enable archaeologists to experiment with a variety of data types; many that do not come directly from archaeological deposition. Sound data, light data, geo-morphological data, and even hypothetical data can be simulated in order to more holistically recreate landscape and accompanying elements which contributed to the formation of tangible archaeological record.
- Dr. Farhod Maksudov, co-director of the Zaamin Archaeological Pilot Project (ZAPP) in Uzbekistan will be visiting the SAIE laboratory and Washington University in St. Louis throughout the month of April, 2011 for archaeological GIS consultation and collaboration.
SAIE lab is awarded a grant by Planet Action, which provides SPOT high-resolution satellite images for the Coastline Change in Nias project.
The first year's team for the "Ancient History and Archaeology of Central Asia" summer program in Kazakhstan was selected. This group will be conducting new archaeological excavations in eastern Kazakhstan as part of the joint Kazakh-American DMAP project. For more info, click HERE
SAIE lab is awarded a grant by the GeoEye Foundation, which provides a number of GeoEye high-resolution satellite images for the Coastline Change in Nias project.
June 10, 2010
Michael Frachetti and his team will be continuing their research in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan throughout the summer of 2010
June 8, 2010
Michael Frachetti receives Sony Technology Award at Washington University in St. Louis. SAIE lab new website launches.
June 1, 2010
SAIE lab awarded NSF High Risk Research Grant: “High Risk Archaeology Along The Inner Asian Mountain Corridor: Investigating the Earliest Development Of Mobile Pastoralism In The Zaamin/Zeravshan Mts. Of Uzbekistan”.
May 23, 2010
SAIE researchers Lynne Rouse and Robert Spengler awarded NSF Dissertation research grants for their work in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.