CCSA projects address important issues that are part of contemporary discourse, transcend the past and present, and are well-suited to archaeological evidence. They also focus on questions that require an interdisciplinary approach, and answers that are persuasive beyond archaeology.
CCSA research emphasizes data integration over new data collection, and follows a research process known as collaborative synthesis. This approach brings together diverse and inclusive teams of researchers who forge strong interpersonal relationships through extended interaction, leading to products that none could produce on their own. Working groups meet both remotely and in-person over several years to accomplish their goals.
The Creation and Division of Wealth and the Long-term Consequences of Inequality
This NSF-funded effort seeks to advance synthetic understandings of relationships between material inequality and other dimensions of human social dynamics as they are revealed by the archaeological record of house sizes. The project is being pursued by a working group of 10 researchers, led by Tim Kohler and Amy Bogaard, who have expertise in the study of social inequality and who have and are willing to share relevant datasets.
From Households to Landscapes: Cyberinfrastructure for Deep Time Network Analyses in the Pre-Hispanic US Southwest
From 2021 to 2024, this NSF-funded project will expand the scope of an existing online gateway to archaeological knowledge, known as cyberSW, to include data on individual households and neighborhoods, using information similar to that collected by the US Census. The work is being done with input from descendant community leaders, and will produce a tool for deep time studies of social change in the US Southwest.