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Dr. Rodrigo Solinís-Casparius (alumni)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, U Illinois Chicago

Dr. Solinís-Casparius practices landscape archaeology. His research focuses on the social implications in the development of urban layout of ancient cities. He conducted his PhD research studying the road network of the prehispanic city of Angamuco (250-1530 CE), located in the core-area of the Purépecha Empire (Lake Pátzcuaro Basin), Michoacán in Mexico. His research provides insight into how such cities emerge, develop, were inhabited, and experienced by their residents, and the roles that roads played during these processes. His other areas of research include ethics of archaeological practice, cultural heritage, and community-based participatory research at mestizo and indigenous communities in Mexico. Rodrigo studied Archaeology at Universidad Veracruzana (BA) in Mexico, he holds an MA in Cultural Heritage and Conservation at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and obtained his PhD (2019) from the DigAR Lab,  University of Washington, Seattle. 

On digital technologies in archaeology...

Archaeological research is greatly benefited from digital technologies, from making data recovery faster and effective in the field, to a more in-depth analysis in the lab. Dr. Solinís-Casparius is particularly interested in integrating spatial analysis (i.e. GIS and geographic network analysis), image analysis, and remote sensing (lidar) with other traditional lines of evidence in archaeology (survey and excavation) to study movement and urbanism in Mesoamerica.

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