CRANE Research Objectives
There is a critical need in archaeological research for an information infrastructure – a database – that allows researchers to archive, access, integrate and query data from projects investigating the ancient Near East.
The CRANE Project will produce this infrastructure, guided by the following research objectives:
• Compile data from multiple archaeological research projects that
use different terminologies (the result of different naming
conventions) and integrate it in a single digital platform.
• Create protocols and analytical tools to allow broad and easy
access to this information.
• Develop a core cultural and paleoenvironmental sequence for the
• Based on the data gathered from archaeological and other studies,
create models and simulations of ancient social practices and
connections between people and the environment.
• Create accurate and realistic 3D visualizations of reconstructed
ancient landscapes and human activity.
• Create research opportunities and training in advanced
archaeological analysis for postsecondary students and junior
CRANE aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the early social and cultural developments in this important area of the ancient Near East and provide insight on challenges facing the region today.