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Countries where CCAS researchers are active, and type of cyber-archaeology research at key sites
The UC Research Catalyst project for At-Risk World Heritage and the Digital Humanities brings together archaeologists and IT experts who leverage new digital technologies to better understand and digitally reconstruct excavated sites in Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Turkey. Complex data from satellite imagery, 3D data capture, drones and other technologies will provide clues to more than 10,000 years of cultural materials, architecture and landscapes. “The UC Catalyst award will help pave the way for the handling of big cultural data in the 21st century," said principal investigator Tom Levy in welcoming the project. “It will also be the signature project for the newly created Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability over the next two years.” Data will be integrated and made available to members of the UC Catalyst project as well as archaeologists around the world in the form of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), databases, laser scans, HD photographs, notes, drawings, aerial and satellite photography, videos, 14C dates, specialists' results, and 3D computer models. The goal is to enable the generation of new knowledge through a true integration of all available information.