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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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1984 Dr. Barbara Stark has directed survey and mapping in the western Lower Papaloapan basin to investigate settlement patterns, economy, and political organization from a long-term regional perspective in south-central Veracruz.
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.
This project employs an innovative and powerful approach to the synthesis of archaeological data to address a central research question: What is the relationship between Southwestern U.S. faunal resource procurement and demographic, social organizational and environmental change?
This project will significantly alter current understandings of early South American complex polities, while the innovative interdisciplinary approach employed provides future researchers with the tools necessary to identify the significance of individual actors in large-scale and long-term social transformations.
This archaeological project address two research questions: 1) How was the economy of the ancient city of Calixtlahuaca organized? and 2) How did large processes such as conquest by the Aztec empire affect life, society and economy at Calixtlahuaca?