site was developed by the Institute for Archaeological
Science, Technology, and Visualization (ASTV)
for the purposes of reporting current developments
on a wireless applications in archaeology demonstration
project. Our initial efforts were funded via a
congressional appropriation made available for
innovative demonstration projects concerned with
lab and field deployments in educational contexts.
are here pictured processing specimens from the
Carmel Mission (CA-MNT-18) excavations effort
of Spring 2003.
To date, we have used the site to report ongoing
findings from archaeological research on the California
Central Coast. Initial testing of wireless technologies
for this project began at Mission San Carlos Borromeo
del Río Carmelo (Carmel), and continues
at Mission San Juan Bautista, California.
Now that the congressional appropriation has
run its course, the CSUMB Institute for Archaeology
seeks to continue the project beyond those funds
originally allotted. As such, we are currently
soliciting corporate sponsors and private donors
for ongoing deployments of wireless technologies
using other new and increasingly more sophisticated
devices, such as tablet PCs and PDAs. To this
end, we are particularly interested in collaborating
with corporations, vendors, or private parties
willing to donate, or contribute toward the purchase
of, wireless technologies for testing in an educational
(lab and field) context.
While our current wireless connection has been
made possible by satellite-mediated broadband
connectivity and a.html/MySQL server database application,
we would nevertheless like to explore alternative
wireless technologies and software applications.
If your company is interested in sponsoring this
revolutionary new deployment in field-based wireless
technologies in the California Missions, please
contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Ruben
Mendoza, at email@example.com, or by voice
mail at 831-582-3760. Your consideration and support
is most appreciated.
Ruben G. Mendoza, Director/Principal Investigator
Granted Congressional Award for Wireless Technologies
in Teaching and Learning
January 22, 2003
Seaside, CA (SBS) The Institute
for Archaeological Science, Technology, and
Visualization (aka: ASTV) was awarded a grant
of $48,000 from funds that CSUMB received as
part of a Congressional Award created to initate
research and demonstration projects that use
wireless technologies in innovative teaching
and learning environments. In this instance,
the deployment of a "Virtual Learning Lab"
or mobile data management suite in archaeology
has sought to demonstrate the utility of satellite-mediated
wireless and broadband technologies used in
concert with integrated wireless Personal Digital
Assistants or Pocket PC's in lab and field archaeology
research undertaken at two early California
Missions. The demonstration project in question
was begun in the Spring term of 2003.
Photo of Unit
N10 W38, Level 3, from Old Mission San Juan
Bautista, California, Northwest Convento excavation.
Note presence of animal bone and metal work
from this hearth filled with burnt debris.
Left Frame Photo: Francisco
Canseco, Spring 2003 Carmel Project archaeology
student, enters specimens data via wireless
Professor Mendoza pictured
with selected examples of the technology and artifacts
relevant to the Wireless Technologies in Archaeology
The California Missions that currently serve
as the research and demonstration sites for the
Wireless Technologies in Archaeology Demonstration
Project are those of Old Mission San Juan Bautista
and San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, California.
The Principal Investigator and Director of both
the archaeological and technological dimensions
of the project is CSU Monterey Bay Institute for
Archaeology Professor Ruben G. Mendoza, Ph.D.,
RPA. Whereas Professor Mendoza has undertaken
archaeological research at Old Mission San Juan
Bautista since the fall of 1995, his work at the
Carmel Mission began with a colloboration initiated
with Sir Richard Joseph Menn, the Curator of the
Diocese of Monterey, in January 2003.