Justin Rego, M.A., RPA Wins SPARC Grant

Congratulations to Logan Simpson’s Justin Rego who just received word that the project he’s leading with co-PIs Wendy Cegielski, M.A. (Arizona State University), and Ignacio Grau-Mira, PhD (University of Alicante) has won a Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) grant.

The team will be collaborating with SPARC researchers to pursue advanced datafusion techniques and the integration of LiDAR imagery to investigate the structure and organization of the urban, Iberian fortified settlement of Mariola in Eastern Spain.

Mariola’s occupation spans the 2 and 1 centuries BC, a period marking the first stage of Roman control of Eastern Iberia, before the direct implantation of Roman Towns in the 1 century AD.

“Traditional interpretations of this period assume complete Iberian acculturation under Roman Imperialism, however, their political relationship appears to be much more complex but poorly understood,” said Rego. “This project hypothesizes that the material record and urban layout of the Iberian fortress of Mariola is a representation of strategies of political control under initial Romans conquest because the Romans and conquered peoples likely used Iberian fortresses as territorial bases of military and political power.”

They will be using a large, multi-instrument dataset including gradiometry data, supplemented by sampled conductivity and susceptibility data, and the results will be compared to the settlement plans of other Iberian fortresses in the region in order to increase our understanding of the process of Roman Imperialism in Iberia.

Rego and colleagues hope that the SPARC funding will advance methods in data analysis of multi-instrument geophysical surveys and will allow these researchers to trace changes in the layout of urban structure hypothesized to be an expression of Roman/Iberian political control. The data will be used in the identification of household structures and to interpret their incorporation of Roman and Iberian structural features. These results will be compared to the settlement plans of other Iberian fortresses in the region in order to increase our understanding of the process of Roman Imperialism in Iberia.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the SPARC program at the University of Arkansas’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and Archeo-Imaging Lab (AIL) is dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology.