Geospatial Science

The University at Buffalo’s Social Systems Geospatial Information Science Laboratory is a research group supervised under the direction of Professor Ezra Zubrow. Housed in the Department of Anthropology, the group specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and spatial statistics to examine prehistoric, historic and modern patterns of cultural landscape transformation. This approach recognizes the spatial components of human behavior through the design and interpolation of GIS models. Projects and participants traverse traditional interdisciplinary boundaries to combine disparate archaeological, geologic, paleoenvironmental and climatic data sets to answer questions about how we as humans negotiate our world over time.

The lab was established in 1978 as a response to the growing recognition of the need for integrative research methods across the disciplines at the University at Buffalo. The range of archaeological, anthropological, ecological, and geographical problems addressed in our research reflect the diversity of backgrounds represented in our laboratory. That includes issues pertaining to human rights, prehistoric social organization, cognition, the effects of colonization on indigenous populations, archaeometry, and environmental problems.


ThoughtCo.’s Archaeology
Aerial Archaeology Research Group {}
American Academy in Rome
American Anthropology Association – Advancing Knowledge, Solving Human Problems
American Cultural Resources Allocation – The Voice of Cultural Resource Management
Anthropological Review Database* {Ø}
Archaeology Fieldwork – Resources for the Archaeological Community Since 1996
Archaeological Geology: GSA Archaeological Geology Division* {Ø}
Archaeological Institute of America
Bonn Archaeological Software Package* {Ø}
Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL)
European Association of Archaeologists
Human Relation Area Files (HRAF) Online
Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA)
Journal of World Anthropology (JWA)* {Ø}
Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP)* {}
Leipzig School of Human Origins – An International Max Planck Research School
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology – Für Ethnologische Forschung [GER]
McBurney Laboratory for Geo-Archaeology* {Ø} {}
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA)* {Ø} {}
Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS)
Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA)
The Prehistoric Society
Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science (VIAS) – Unsere Mission [GER]
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
Association for Geographic Information
Center for Computational Research (CCR): University at Buffalo
CUGIR: Cornell University Geospatial Data Information Repository
ESRI: Environmental Systems Research Institute
FGDC: Federal Geographic Data Committee
IGERT: Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training at Buffalo
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
New York State GIS Clearinghouse {Ø} {}
USGS National Geospatial Program
Best of the Web – Geographic Information Systems
American Museum of Natural History
Ethnological Museum
Hungarian National Museum
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Museum of Ethnography [HUN]
National Museum of Ethnology [NL]
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The British Museum
The Field Museum
Anthro-L Anthropology List-Serv (UB)
Arch-L Archaeology List-Serv* {Ø}
Lithic-L Archaeological Lithic Analysis Discussion List
Shovelbums: Archaeology Fieldwork List | New Site: Shovelbums

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