The Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) was launched in February 2007 to play a leadership role in the use and development of tools and techniques to reconstruct and analyze the history of great works art, monumental structures as well as archaeological sites and artifacts. CISA3 Archaeology is developing and deploying new software, hardware and systems for reconstructing the archaeological record through the use of digital technologies for imaging, analysis and visualization.
The Archaeology wing of CISA3 focuses on research concerning a broad and international range of subjects that utilitize advanced information technology tools, cutting-edge telecommunications as well as digital imaging and display technologies for exploring the relationship between material culture and human behavior in the past and present. Consequently the scope of our research ranges widely across time and space: geographically, it covers the entire planet; and chronologically, CISA3 projects extend from remote prehistory to the ethnographic present (as archaeology investigates human interaction with the environment and material culture through time). CISA3 Archaeology's current projects focus on analyses of large data sets, scientific visualizations, development of programs to analyze data, and applications of information technologies such as geographic information systems.
Levy (center) with digital recreation of a 3,000-year-old copper production site in biblical Edom, as viewed on Calit2's StarCAVE virtual-reality system; with grad student Kyle Knabb (left) and Calit2 postdoc Jurgen Schulze (right).