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Anthropology GIS Lab

Lab PI'S

Dr. Ken Hirth:

Lab Description

The GIS lab is dedicated to facilitating the work of researchers and students interested in understanding human societies through time and space. Scales of analysis range from landscapes and sites to individual artifacts. Tools include Geographic information Systems, remote sensing and other Geospatial technologies employed to map, analyze, reconstruct and investigate human behavior.

Our facilities are located in 101 Carpenter and include:


  • 1 Dell precision t7500 workstation with Xeon x5560 cpu @2400ghz with 36gb of ram
  • 1 Dell precision t7500 workstation with Xeon e5620 cpu@2400ghz with 12gb of ram
  • 2 Dell precision t5400 workstation with Xeon x5460 cpu@3200ghz with 24gb or ram
  • 2 Dell precision t3400 workstation with Intel Core 2 Duo cpu @3000Ghz with 16gb of ram
    (all with dual monitors and at least 1 24” monitor)


  • 4 workstations with ArcInfo Workstation 10 SP 5.
  • 2 workstations with ArcView  10 SP 5 with Spatial Analyst.
  • Other available applications are Adobe Acrobat 9, Adobe Photoshop, Envi 4.5, Envi+IDL 4.5, IDL 7.1, Google Earth Pro, Endnote X5, SPSS Statistics, Autocad 2011, Office 2010 and AgiSoft Photoscan Standard/Pro.


  • HP DESIGNJET 1055CM Plotter
  • HP LaserJet 2055
  • HP Scanjet 3970 scanner
  • Epson Perfection V700 scanner

Research Projects

Dr. Hirth

The Basin of Mexico GIS (Geographic Information System) Project

Other Research

George Milner and George Chaplin recently received a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project that will produce the first comprehensive account of conflict in prehistoric eastern North America, with an emphasis on the last 1500 years of prehistory (prior to ca. AD 1500). Dramatic cultural changes occurred during that time as early food-producing communities characterized by relatively egalitarian social relations were transformed into larger agricultural societies, many of which were dominated by hereditary chiefs. The project completes a multi-year effort to assemble the archaeological (settlements surrounded by palisades) and osteological (skeletons with conflict-related trauma such as arrow injuries) necessary to understand how warfare was conducted, who was involved (casualties), and how the intensity of conflict varied over time and across prehistoric eastern North America.

George Chaplin and Dean Snow have been working on using new data sources to georeference troop locations at the Saratoga National Battlefield in New York. NY State LIDAR has proven useful to identify locations because of its very high resolution enables subtle terrain features to be recognized where they are obscured on the ground.

George Chaplin works extensively with Nina Jablonski on aspects of Human Paleo-Ecology including the evolution of skin color and its effects on health. They have worked extensively with the Ebers’ group at Oxford University on Multiple Sclerosis.  See CV at: George Chaplin