Principal Investigator Beverly Chiarulli (Anthropology) and Coprincipal Investigators Scott Moore (History), Ben Ford (Anthropology), Sarah Neusius (Anthropology), and Phillip Neusius (Anthropology) have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for the “Acquisition of Instruments for 3D Digital Mapping of Historic Structures and Archaeological Sites.”
The grant will purchase a 3D Scanner system for digital documentation of the built environment and a multiple array ground penetrating radar for below-ground surveys of archaeological features.
Individually, these instruments create high-quality, high-resolution images of structures and landscapes as well as below-ground archaeological features. Used together, they can create a digital library of above-ground structures to provide a comparative database for the identification of below-ground archaeological features. Because of this joint usage, they form an integrated system. The instruments will be employed by IUP faculty and students and our collaborators and their students from Howard University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of North Dakota.
Among the projects that will use the instruments are:
While the instruments provide rapid data collection, they also provide the capability to survey large landforms so investigations can move beyond the survey and analysis of single historic buildings or archaeological sites and conduct surveys of communities and landscapes. The impact of these instruments extends beyond their direct benefits to the initial projects. They will expand the investigator’s ability to train IUP graduate and undergraduate students in critical and rapidly developing technologies, as well as give students from three other universities opportunities to use the instruments. No less significant, the instrumentation would also ensure that the faculty participants themselves remain current in the use of advanced technology and will be able to incorporate it into their classes and other research projects.
This is the second MRI grant awarded since 2007 to Chiarulli, Moore, Phillip Neusius, and Sarah Neusius, and other investigators from the IUP Anthropology, Geography, and Geoscience departments. The first award for $297,000 was for the “Acquisition of Mobile Spatial Data Acquisition and Processing Technologies (MSDAPT) to Support Cross-Disciplinary Research and Undergraduate and Graduate Research Training.” It provided instruments to support the collection and processing of highly precise spatial and geophysical data in demanding local and international field settings for research and student training. These instruments included geophysical instruments such as ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, magnetic susceptibility, and electrical resistivity.