Lab Overview

The Archaeological Mapping Lab is dedicated to the scientific study and analysis of ancient cities, landscapes and sanctuaries by means of the use of digital cartography, GIS, remote sensing and other spatial analytical techniques.

The purpose of the lab is to pursue archaeological mapping research projects as well as to train students in computerized mapping techniques. Each year the lab employs 10-14 undergraduate and graduate students to work on various ongoing projects. The students come from various departments across the University. If you would like to become involved in the work of the lab please contact the Director, Dr. David Gilman Romano.

The Lab was originally created with the purpose of studying the city and landscape of Roman Corinth, the work of the lab combined the field work skills of computerized architectural survey with digital cartography, remote sensing and GIS in order to document and quantify the component buildings, monuments and landscape of an ancient Roman city.

By digitizing and geo-referencing the actual-state drawings of every building, monument and structure it has been possible to put together a digital interactive actual-state drawing of the entire excavated city of Corinth in which every line of every building and monument is coded with four bits of information: chronology, function, material and bibliography.

The skills learned in the study of Corinth formed the foundation for many of the Labs current projects, including a detailed study of Augustan Rome, a comprehensive survey and excavation of the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion in Arcadia and more recently the creation of the Parrhasian Heritage Park, Greece's first, large-scale cultural heritage park. The Lab pursues many projects which tie traditional research methods with field work and emerging technologies in analysis and visualization to produce a new approach to educating students, working with colleagues and publishing the findings of the research conducted in the Lab.

Lab Hours

General Access – Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
For Approved Graduate Students – 24 hours/day 7 days per week

Lab Location

Haury Anthropology Building, Room 408A,
1009 East South Campus Drive, P.O.Box 210030,
Tucson, AZ, 85721-0030, U.S.A.

Personnel

Lab Leadership

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David Gilman Romano, Ph.D.

Nicholas and Athena Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology, School of Anthropology

University of Arizona

Co-Director and Field Director, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project & Director of the Parrhasian Heritage Park Initiative

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Nicholas L. Stapp, Ph.D.

Director, Geospatial Research - Archaeological Mapping Lab

University of Arizona

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Mark Davison

Director of Historic Landscapes, Archaeological Mapping Lab,

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator, Historical Landscapes, Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project & Parrhasian Heritage Park Initiative

Laryssa Shipley

Laryssa Shipley

Lab Manager & Ph.D. Student in The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

University of Arizona

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Lauren Tomanelli

Research Associate & Ph.D. Student in The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

University of Arizona

Advisory Board

Dr. George Davis

Regents Professor (Emeritus), Structural Geology Provost Emeritus, University of Arizona


Dr. David Gilman Romano

Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology - Division of Archaeology, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona


Dr. Nicholas L. Stapp
Archaeological Mapping Lab, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona


Dr. Mary E. Voyatzis
Professor of Anthropology (School of Anthropology) and Classics (School of Humanities), University of Arizona

Current Research & Student Assistants (2020–2021)

  • Laryssa Shipley (Lab Manager)
  • Nicholas Jones
  • Kya Kerner
  • Miranda Lovett
  • Luke Munson
  • Colin Omilanowski
  • Andrea Riehle
  • Lauren Sides
  • Lauren Tomanelli
  • Alena Wigodner

List of Lab Managers

  • Laryssa Shipley (2020–present)
  • Julia Juhasz (2019–2020)
  • Stephanie Martin (2015–2019)
  • Emilio Rodriguez-Alvarez (2013–2015)
  • Matt Pihokker (2011–2013)

Previous Research Assistants

  • Stephen Czjuko (2015–2017)
  • Lauren Dreyfuss (2011–2012)
  • Alex Ford (2013–2015)
  • Emily Graff (2011–2013)
  • John Keck (2017–2019)
  • Elizabeth Keyser (2015–2017)
  • Lauren Oberlin (2017–2019)
  • Vicki Moses (2015–2016)
  • Sammi Richter (2018–2020)
  • Jay Stephens (2014–2019)
  • Ben Winnick (2013–2015)

Training Tools

Support the Lab

The research at the Archaeological Mapping Lab would not be possible without the continuing support of its generous donors. Your gift helps to ensure that students and scholars will continue research in the lab and the field at one of the most exciting archaeological research laboratories in the world today.

Institutional Sponsors

  • University of Arizona, School of Anthropology
  • University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Foundation Support

  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory
  • National Science Foundation: Grant #1125523
  • The 1984 Foundation
  • The Karabots Foundation in honor of Constance Chrisomalis Karabots
  • The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation

Individual Support

  • Annette Merle-Smith