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William Saturno

Boston University
Department of Archaeology
675 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 347
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-1645

Assistant Professor of Archaeology

I am a specialist in New World archaeology and Mesoamerican civilization and direct the San Bartolo Regional Archaeology Project. San Bartolo is home to the oldest intact murals found in the Maya area, and the project seeks to understand the site's role in the region during the period when Maya civilization was just forming. I am also a Research Scientist in Remote Sensing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and work in two related NASA projects. Space Archaeology involves leveraging NASA's considerable satellite sensor array to answer archaeological questions, particularly those dealing with anthropogenic environmental change (currently in Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, and Cambodia); while SERVIR is a regional monitoring and visualization system designed to use similar data and the products derived from them to assist decision making on the part of local and national governments throughout Central America and East Africa.

Selected Publications

Saturno, William A., Thomas L. Sever, Daniel E. Irwin, Burgess F. Howell, and Thomas G. Garrison. 2007 Putting Us on the Map: Remote Sensing Investigation of the Ancient Maya Landscape. In Remote Sensing in Archaeology. James Wiseman and Farouk El-Baz (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Saturno, William A., Thomas L. Sever, Daniel E. Irwin, and Burgess F. Howell. 2006 Regional Scale Landscape Archaeology: 21st Century Remote Sensing Technology and the Ancient Maya. In Manual of Remote Sensing Vol. 5, Remote Sensing and Human Settlements, Merill Ridd and Jim Hipple, (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Saturno, William A., David Stuart, and Boris Beltrán. 2006 Early Maya Writing at San Bartolo, Guatemala. Science 311: 1281-1283.