Project Profile:

Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE)


Description: CRANE (Computational Research on the Ancient Near East) is an international and interdisciplinary research project that is changing our understanding of archaeology in the Near East. CRANE’s goal is to provide a platform for data integration and analysis. Beginning with several archaeological sites in the Orontes Watershed of southeast Turkey and northwest Syria, CRANE is building an international collaboration of researchers who will use these data to model and visualize connections between social, economic and environmental factors at various spatial and temporal scales. The information will be compiled in the OCHRE software platform (University of Chicago). Researchers from around the world will be able to access comprehensive and rich dataset about the region in one location and share their work and ideas with each other.


  • Timothy P. Harrison, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • Stephen Batiuk, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • Stanley Klassen, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • Scott Branting, Department of Anthropology, University of Central Florida
  • Kevin Fisher, Department of Classics, Religion and Near Eastern Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Eugene L. Fiume, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • Shawn Graham, Department of History, Carleton University
  • Sturt W. Manning, Department of Classics, Cornell University
  • Nicolò Marchetti, Department of History and Cultures, Università di Bologna
  • Richard Peltier, Department of Physics, University of Toronto;
  • Graham Philip, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • David Schloen, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  • Lynn Welton, Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Funders: SSHRC

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