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Rodrigo Solinís-Casparius

Archaeology PhD student

Rodrigo graduated in Archaeology from Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico in 2003. He received a MA from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain in Cultural Heritage Studies in 2008, and another MA from UW in Anthropology in 2013. He has participated in several field projects since 2001 in different archaeological sites in Mexico (including Jalisco, Michoacan, Yucatan, and Veracruz), Honduras, US (Texas, Florida, Georgia, Washington) and Europe (Portugal, Italy, and Spain). Rodrigo’s dissertation research is aimed to understand the roles that road networks play in the urbanization process of the ancient city of Angamuco, Michoacan between 250 and 1530 CE. Rodrigo also works on understanding the the landscape transformation of the Sayula Basin in Jalisco and he is also involved in several initiatives regarding the protection of cultural heritage using LiDAR technology, and through grassroots mechanisms in indigenous communities in the Sayula (Jalisco) and  Lake Patzcuaro Basins (Michoacan).

On digital technologies in archaeology...

Archaeological research is greatly benefitted from digital technologies, from making data recovery faster and effective in the field, to a more in-depth analysis in the lab. One exciting benefit is that digital technologies are becoming more portable allowing archaeologists to do analysis and explore ideas right in the field. To me, one of the digital technology’s biggest contributions is that it allows us to see and present data in different ways. This way we can come up with answers but more importantly new questions about human interaction with their landscape and each other.

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