In addition to more traditional archaeological methods, we have been applying remote sensing and GIS technology to archaeological research for the past 15 years with a major emphasis on geophysical prospection since the late 1990s. We own a full range of geophysical equipment including a gradiometer, ground penetrating radar, a conductivity meter, a resistivity system, and a thermal IR sensor. In addition to the notebook computers and the dedicated software necessary in order to conduct geophysical survey, we have a completely equipped computer lab with scanners, a digitizing table, and several workstations networked to a server with all of the major GIS and remote sensing software. We have done several subcontracts to conduct the geophysical survey and analysis for Universities, CRM firms, and cemetery associations over the past three years.
The Center has always been closely tied to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with most of its staff holding joint appointments. Graduate and undergraduate students have formed the major work force for our field and lab work. More than half of the Masters thesis in anthropology over the past 20 years have made use of data derived from center funded research.