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HAA-280669-21

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Austin Chad Hill (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Jesse J. Casana (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Kathleen D. Morrison (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Archaeorover - Harnessing autonomous robot technology to reveal buried archaeology

Prototyping of an autonomous robot that will utilize Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for historically and archaeologically significant artifacts and sites.

Finding, identifying, and mapping buried archaeological sites and features is a critical component of archaeological research. The most powerful tools to do this are non-destructive geophysical prospection technologies such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). These tools have been used to identify buried architecture, artifacts, fields, roads, ditches, and stratigraphic sequences. However, the established field techniques for collecting this data are slow and limiting, requiring initial surveys and the manual recording of small individual grids. This proposal seeks a level-II grant to support continued development and deployment of a novel autonomous robot, the Archaeorover, that dramatically increases the efficiency and scale of geophysical survey by combining recent advances in robotics, autonomous navigation technology, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with geophysical instruments

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,962 (approved)
$99,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023