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Revealing the Secrets of Machu Picchu

Researchers in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas have traveled around the world using their advanced remote sensing technology to provide a 3-D perspective of archaeological sites and historic structures. This month, PBS will air the second season of Time Scanners, a three-part documentary series featuring CAST experts using cutting-edge technology to reveal secrets about some of the world’s most iconic structures. Tonight’s episode focuses on the ancient mountain city of Machu Picchu in Peru. On Dec. 16 the series shifts to the Colosseum in Rome and Jerusalem on Dec. 23. All three shows are scheduled for...

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SPARC-ing Geospatial Archaeological Research

The National Science Foundation has renewed its funding for the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) Program, an initiative at the University of Arkansas that acts as a national hub for geospatial research in archaeology. The $277,264 grant allows the SPARC Program to continue to provide funding for data collection in the field and lab analysis, along with research expertise for archaeological research projects that use 3-D measurement, geospatial analysis and remote-sensing technologies. The SPARC Program helps researchers learn about spatial archaeometry, which measures properties of archaeological materials at all scales, including objects, sites and landscapes. The spatial properties of...

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CAST: Capturing History in the Sweep of a Laser

Pictured above: CAST researchers Adam Barnes (from left), Katie Simon and Malcolm Williamson all participated in the documentary TV series Time Scanners. | Photo by Russell Cothren   Malcolm Williamson gingerly fastens the Leica ScanStation C10 to the top of a 5 ½ foot yellow tripod. He’s working in a computer lab down the hall from his office in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. “This is a survey-grade instrument and has to be handled as such,” says Williamson, one of the researchers at the center who use the laser scanner and other advanced remote...

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