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Third Thursday Food for Thought Program – “cyberSW: A Digital Gateway to Explore Southwestern US/Northwestern Mexico Archaeology”

March 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought”  program will feature “cyberSW: A Digital Gateway to Explore Southwestern US/Northwestern Mexico Archaeology” presentation by archaeologists Jeffery J. Clark, PhD, and Joshua Watts, PhD. This free Zoom online presentation will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time, same as Pacific Daylight Time).

cyberSW is a large graph database and open access web platform to facilitate exploration of the US Southwest/Mexico Northwest archaeological record by a variety of audiences. (Actuql archaeological site locations are masked.) cyberSW has been developed over the course of 20 years by combining a number of regional databases, many funded by the National Science Foundation, that have focused on reconstructing precontact demographic trends, migration, social networks, and identity. In addition, data from many cultural resource management projects as well as unpublished sources and new analyses have been added. The current version of cyberSW contains standardized information, at the archaeological site level, of room counts and occupation span from more than 22,000 settlements, 16 million ceramic records, 17,000 geochemically sourced obsidian artifacts, and 1200 sites with ceremonial or public architecture. The next version, currently under development in collaboration with a Tribal Working Group, will enhance resolution to the household, cultural feature, and stratum level and will have the capacity to add virtually all classes of nonmortuary archaeological data using standardized classification schemes. This presentation will discuss the history of cyberSW, demonstrate some of the capabilities of the current web platform, and explore short- and long-term future directions. Audience participation and feedback will be encouraged.

To register for the Zoom webinar go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rMpNlJmVShqy3nJ4w5EiTA. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

Flyer: 20230316(v1)ThirdThursday_JeffClark_JoshWatts_cyberSW

Caption: Distribution of archaeological platform mounds, ballcourts, circular and rectangular great kivas, and great houses in the US Southwest, illustration courtesy of Archaeology Southwest


March 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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