Skagafjörður Church and Settlement Survey


iPads in the field


Guðný and Eric using an iPad

Guðný and Eric using an iPad

This year there is a lot less paper blowing around because much of the data we are collecting goes straight into FileMaker.  Eric and Kat have done a great job of setting up a series of databases that make inputting contexts, cores, photos, and other data a snap.  Cell phone connections are so good around Skagafjörður that we are all able to write live to our FileMaker server back in Boston.

Author: John Steinberg

Dr. John Steinberg has been a Research Scientist at the Fiske Center since 2006. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UCLA in 1997. Before coming to UMass Boston, John taught at UCLA and California State University Northridge. He is interested in economic problems of colonization, both in New England and across the North Atlantic. He uses GIS and shallow geophysics to study settlement patterns to understand broad trends over the landscape. In addition to John's New England work, he is a co-PI on the the Skagafjordur Church and Settlement Survey (SCASS). SCASS is a multi-year project in Northern Iceland to understand the formation of social stratification and property rights during the Viking Age and after (AD 874-1700). For this work in Iceland, as well as other projects, John and his colleagues have received over $1,000,000 in research grants, mostly from the National Science Foundation. John is the director of the Digital Archaeology Laboratory at the Fiske Center.

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