Associate Professor of Anthropology
Jesse Casana is a specialist in the archaeology of the Middle East and joined the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth in 2015. His research investigates settlement and land use history, the emergence and development of complex societies, and the dynamic interactions of humans with their environment. Casana's projects explore large regions, embrace long periods of human history, and employ a wide range of technologies. He is currently the co-director of a regional archaeological survey project in the upper Diyala (Sirwan) River Valley in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and collaborates on field projects elsewhere in the Middle East and North America.
Much of Prof. Casana’s research is dedicated to the development and implementation of geospatial technologies in archaeology, primarily using satellite, low-altitude aerial, and ground-based remote sensing. He currently directs the CORONA Atlas Project, an effort to make Cold War-era spy satellite imagery available to researchers through an online database. He co-directs the American Schools of Oriental Research’s Cultural Heritage Initiative, overseeing satellite imagery-based analysis of damage to archaeological sites in Syria and northern Iraq. Casana is also a Co-PI for the NSF-funded SPARC (SPatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations) Program based at the University of Arkansas.