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Day 1  TOPICS:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

9:00 – Introduction to course, participants and overview

9:15  – Structure and content of archeological data and database management

9:45 – Introduction to the database and weighted overlay analysis

10:15 – Lab exercise:  Working with the data, mapping sites and preparation for analysis

10:45 – Break

11:00 Lab exercise, cont.

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Landscape data – sources and content

1:45 – Lab exercise:  Weighted overlay approach

2:45 – Break

3:00 – Lab exercise:  Using Google Maps and Google Earth to map sites

Day 2  TOPICS:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

9:00 – Lecture:  Mapping cultures in space and time –  history and theory of archeological models

10:00 – Lab: Measuring and mapping events in space and time with GeoDa and SaTScan

12:00 –  Lunch

1:00 – Lab:  Introduction to ecological niche modeling approach to modeling  with Maxent

2:15 Field trip to Blue Waters Supercomputing facility

Day 3  TOPICS:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

9:00 –  Case studies examples and future directions in archeological modeling

10:30 – Long-term management of archeological sites

11:30  – Wrap up and overview

Instructor Biographies

Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana. Her work identifies environmental factors related to events as they occur in particular places and times.  She has 25 years of experience in creating and analyzing landscape characteristics relative to events and features related to cultural resources, disease ecology, and environmental management.  Professor Ruiz teaches courses on Spatial Epidemiology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Health Applications, and presents workshops on GIS with an emphasis on spatio-temporal analysis.

Kenneth L. Kvamme is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. Most of his career has focused on the topic of archaeological prospecting, beginning with pioneering work in GIS-based “predictive” models of archaeological location in the 1980s. In more recent years he has pursued archaeological detection through geophysical prospecting and remote sensing. He is author of over 100 publications and 150 technical reports on GIS approaches, archaeological modeling, spatial analysis, geophysical applications, and remote sensing. He currently directs the Archeo-Imaging Lab at the University of Arkansas, devoted to these methods. Formerly he was the W. M. Keck Associate Professor of Archaeology and Remote Sensing at Boston University, Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum, and Research Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Although his geophysical fieldwork takes him to projects worldwide, he specializes in the archaeology of the American Great Plains and Rocky Mountain West. He is Associate Editor of the journal Archaeological Prospection and is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

Bill Brown is a GIS Manager at the University of Illinois Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the College of Vet Med.  He has a B.S. degree in Biology and A.A.S. in Visualization Computer Graphics Programming.  He has worked with landscape, environmental, educational, and health applications of Geographic Information Science since the early 90s.   Bill is involved with projects such as disease surveillance of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer and vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.   He creates spatial databases and develops data for habitat prediction and risk analysis, makes maps and uses web mapping tools to support research and help make geographic data more useful.

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