Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"GIS Mapping - Ancient Turkey"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
archaeology, GIS, deforestation
Project Description:
The project entails mounting archaeological survey data into an on line georeferenced database with Google Earth compatability. Since 1996 the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Team has conducted twelve summer campaigns in the vicinity of Gazipasha Turkey (ancient Rough Cilicia). At least 150 archaeological loci, including 8 urban sites of the Roman era, have been identified by the survey team. In all the pedestrian team has investigated some 300 km2 of archaeological terrain. The architectural team has produced plans of 14 significant settlements ranging from large urban sites on the coast to village and isolated farm sites in the hinterland. The pedestrian team has processed more than 7500 ceramic fragments to generate localized and general use chronologies for past regional habitation. The purpose of the project is to assemble digitized data into an on line database for all 150 archaeological loci investigated thus far. The data represents architectural features as well as artifacts and small finds. Some 10000 georeferenced points are ready to be assembled. All data is georeferenced and will be uploaded into Google earth.
Expected Student Contributions:
Intern will assist with data assembly and link assemblage of database entries to related drawings, plans, photographs, videoclips, and datum points. The intern will assist the team in assembling the data for one of the 8 survey regions each semester (two regions in all).
Related Website(s):
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~cilicia http://visiblepast.net/gwiki2/index.php?title=Category:Rough_Cilicia
Desired Qualifications:
Some ancient historical or archaeological background is necessary (e.g. CLCS 181 and above); GIS training is not necessary but would be advantageous.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
6
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Rauh, Nicholas
Deptartment/College:
foreign languages and literature

Student Supervisor

Name:
Nicholas Rauh
Title:
Professor of Classics

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Sorin Matei
Deptartment/College:
COMM/CLA
Name:
Lawrence Theller
Deptartment/College:
ABE/Engineering