Soil Analysis Support System for Archaeology

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The aim of SASSA is to provide support and training for curators and field archaeologists on the application of soil science techniques to archaeological questions. When complete SASSA will provide:

  • Support for archaeologists in the field with recording and interpreting archaeological soils and sediments.
  • Guidance on appropriate field and laboratory analytical techniques relevant to answering archaeological questions.
  • Examples of the archaeological questions that soil analysis can contribute to, illustrated by case studies.
  • A background tutorial on soil concepts and geoarchaeology.
  • A glossary of soil terms.


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SASSA consists of:

  • SASSA Knowledge Base contains background tutorials, information about analytical techniques and geoarchaeological case studies.
  • SASSA Field tool provides users in the field with help recording and interpreting soils.


SASSA has been developed by a team of geoarchaeologists and computer scientists based at the University of Stirling with knowledge exchange funding provided by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UK.

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