ASU Library to collaborate on Huhugam digital archive

With major grant support announced today from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), ASU Library will assist in the development of an online research library on the archaeology of the ancient Huhugam (Hohokam).

ASU Library researchers Michael Simeone and Mary Whelan will work as part of an interdisciplinary team along with faculty and researchers from the Center for Digital Antiquity (tDAR), the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, American Indian Studies, the Center for Archaeology and Society and the Amerind Foundation to provide crucial long-term data for comparative studies within Huhugam scholarship.

The two-year NEH grant will support the development of a Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology (DAHA), poised to be the world’s largest and most complete archaeological research library on the ancient Huhugam – the first people to tame the Arizona deserts using sophisticated irrigation agriculture, long-distance trade connections with Mexico, and large scale architectural buildings (1500 B.C. – 1450 A.D). 

The project will also give Arizona Native American communities access to a wealth of archaeological research about their ancestral populations.

Simeone, an assistant research professor with the Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and director of the library’s Unit for Data Science, and Whelan, a geospatial and research data analyst with ASU Library, will use data science text mining tools to analyze a large corpus of digitized archaeological reports.

Keith Kintigh, a professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is the principal investigator on the grant, one of 208 humanities projects that were funded this year by NEH totaling $21.7 million.

The awarded projects include programs that support international collaboration, engage students in interdisciplinary courses and help veterans.

See the full list of awarded projects here.

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