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Project Proposal

Data Visualization in Support of Archaeological Excavations at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

April M. Beisaw (Anthropology)

Vassar’s anthropology program is now providing archaeological services to the National Park Service properties in nearby Hyde Park. During the summer of 2017, a team of archaeology students will be excavating a bottle dump at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This URSI position is to assist the NPS sponsored archaeologists and a Ford sponsored historian in mapping the site(s), 3D scanning the site and selected artifacts, creating charts and graphs necessary to interpret the artifacts and date site layers, and creating report-quality images of both the site and its artifacts. The URSI scholar will work with the larger team to research the evidence of human activity at this and other sites on the property.

Pre-requisites: No previous archaeological experience is necessary. What is necessary is experience in at least one of the following: GIS, AutoCAD, 3D modeling, statistical software.

How should students express their interest in this project? Applicants should email me two samples of your data visualization skills sent as image files.