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Historical illustration of medieval Spanish street

This transdisciplinary project applies questions regarding the research themes of neighborhoods, dynamics of change, context and open spaces to a large sample of cities, including the earliest urban centers and modern cities.

Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Moon

This project investigates the origins of pre-industrial urbanism, particularly focusing on meanings and functions of monumentality at Teotihuacan.

Phoenix metro area with Papago Mountains in background

The Change is Hard project develops a synthetic and transdisciplinary understanding of the concept of path dependence; extends it into anthropology/archaeology; and uses it to examine the governance of water and land use, in Metropolitan Phoenix and the prehistoric Greater Southwest.

fossilized maize

This project uses archaeobotanical data to examine human-environmental relationships across time and space in the Maya Lowlands of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. 

database graphic

The ASU Libraries and the Center for Digital Antiquity are leaders in digital curation, maintaining unique digital repositories, one general purpose-focused on the research output of one of the country’s largest public universities, and the other a domain-specific repository for archaeology. 

globe surrounded by people

The goal of this project is the design of a SKOPE (Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments), a cybertool that given a location and a temporal interval will integrate contemporary, historic and paleoenvironmental data and return a synthesis of key environmental parameters relevant to humans.

Mimbres pot

This project is concerned with investigating socio-ecological processes associated with the elaborate developments during the Classic period (AD 1000-1130) and the regional reorganization in the subsequent Postclassic.

Hohokam canal excavation

This project studies the development of large-scale water management and complex social institutions through the example of the prehistoric Hohokam of south-central Arizona, builders of the largest hydraulic works in Pre-Columbian North America, with a 1,000-history of irrigation practice and expansion.

Malpaso Valley

This project leverages archaeology’s potential to document the desertification of grasslands on a time scale far grander than that of written history by applying its focus on the strategic location of the Malpaso Valley, Zacatecas.

Serpis Valley

This research integrates computational modeling of the recursive processes that drive human and natural landscape dynamics, validated through empirical studies in the earth, life and social sciences.

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