Archeology Teaching & Research Faculty

Fred Limp Jr.

Fred Limp Jr.

University Professor

Leica Geosystems Chair

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(GEOS)-Geosciences

Phone: 479-575-7909

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Limp has research interests in two broad areas: geoinformatics/geomatics and archaeolgy and heritage preservation. Since 1985 as PI or Co-PI he has received 217 extramural funding awards totalling $38.6 million. Of these six (6) were from the NSF and totaled $5.9 million. 

 

Geoinformatics

In the area of geoinformatics Limp was a founder and served on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium, as well as the Intergraph Geospatial Executive's Board, AmericaView, SPOT Image Academic Advisory Board, the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations Board, Oracle North America Users Forum, Sam M. Walton College of Business Information Technology Research Institute Board, the UA's RFID Center Steering Committee and the OGC Interoperability Institute. He was part of the initial developement community around the initial FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) GIS software - GRASS - in the mid-80s and early 90s. He served as an instructor on the GRASS software at many locations including Colorado State, Rutgers, NASA and others.  He was appointed by Arkansas Governor Tucker to the Arkansas Mapping and Land Records Modernization Board and by Governor Huckabee to the Arkansas State Land Information Board. He is co-author of two legislative acts implementing geospatial technologies across the state. He has been a leader in the development of on-line education in geoinformatics including a new Arkansas Department of Higher Education approved certificate program. He received the Arkansas GIS Users Forum Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a founding Arkansas Computing Academy Inductee. For his research he received the GAIA Award from the GRASS Community, the Fulbright College Master Researcher Award, and the University of Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Research Award.

Archaeology and heritage preservation

While completing his graduate studies at IU he led the development of an archaeological computer mapping system and the DELOS information systems, one of the first comprehensive data base systems in archaeology. He was involved in a range of excavations and surveys. His dissertation included the development and programing in the late 1970s of what would later be called a "GIS" - which he used to apply location choice analysis to pre-Columbian settlement location. Following the receipt of his doctoral degree in anthropology (with an emphasis in archaeology) at Indiana University he then served as Co-Director for the Center for American Archaeology's Contract Archaeology Program (1978-1979) and as Assistant and Interim Director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey (1979-1990). While he was at the CAA he led the purchase and development of a comprehensive computational program.  He was appointed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the Board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.  He was elected as Treasurer and then as President of the Society of American Archaeology and served on the Board of the Foundation for American Archaeology and the University Consortium for Preservation Technology. In 1989 wrote an early review of satellite based remote sensing in archaeology available here. Limp and his associates James Farley, Bob Harris and Jami Lockhart developed one of the first GIS research programs in archaeology in the 1980s and their facilites were used for the analysis of the Hvar project data by Gaffney and Stancic's described in their ground breaking GIS Approaches to Regional Analysis. 

Limp teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in geoinformatics (see course listing). He also serves as the Advisor for the University's Online Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies (more information)

GEOS 3543/5543 Geospatial applications

GEOS 3553/5553 Spatial analysis using ArcGIS

GEOS 3593/5593 Geodatabases

GEOS 4593/5293 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Satellite Navigations Systems (GNSS)

Ph.D. Anthropology, Indiana University, 1983
M.A. Anthropology, Indiana University, 1977
B.A. Anthropology, Indiana University, 1973

Limp has written or edited 9 books and more than 74 journal articles and edited chapters. He has published more than 190 articles in national and international professional magazines, served as keynote or plenary session speaker at 30 conferences, presented more than 180 professional papers, and organized six professional meetings. 

Selected recent publications:

Optiz, R and W. Limp, 2015 Recent Developments in High-Density Survey and Measurement (HDSM) for Archaeology: Implications for Practice and Theory Annual Reviews in Anthropology 44:347-64

Tullis, J.A., J.D. Cothren, X. Shi, W. Limp, R.F. Linck and S.G. Young, 2015 “Geoprocessing, Workflows, and Provenance.” In P. Thenkabail (editor) Remote Sensing Handbook , Vol. 1, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. pg 401-422

Kintigh, K, J. Altschul, A. Kinzig, W.  Limp, W. Michener, J. Sabloff, J. Hackett, T. Kohler, B. Ludäscher, and . Lynch 2015 “Cultural Dynamics, Deep Time, and Data Planning Cyberinfrastructure Investments for Archaeology” Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(1)1-15.

K Kintigh, J  Altschul, M Beaudry, R Drennan, A Kinzig, T Kohler, W Limp, H Maschner, W Michener, T Pauketat, P Peregrine, J Sabloff, T Wilkinson, H Wright and M Zeder. 2015. "Grand Challenges for Archaeology." American Antiquity 79(1):5-24

 K Kintigh, J  Altschul, M Beaudry, R Drennan, A Kinzig, T Kohler, W Limp, H Maschner, W Michener, T Pauketat, P Peregrine, J Sabloff, T Wilkinson, H Wright and M Zeder. 2015. "Grand Challenges for Archaeology." Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences 111(3):879-880.

Limp, W., S. Winters and A. Payne. 2015.  “Imagining the Medieval Mississippian Town.” in Pauketat and S. Ault (eds) Medieval Mississippians. SAR Press, Santa Fe. Pg 87-92.

Limp, W and  Adam Barnes. 2014. “Solving the Grid-to-Ground Problem when Using High Precision GNSS in Archaeological Mapping.” Advances in Archaeological Practice. (2)138-143. Available here.

Limp, W., A. Payne, S. Winters, A. Barnes and J Cothren. 2013. "Approaching 3D digital heritage data from a multi-technology lifecycle perspective." In F. Contreras, M. Farjas and F. Melero (eds) Proceedings of the 38th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Granada Spain. BAR International Series 2494. London. Pg 15-22.

Limp, W. 2011. "Web 2.0 and beyond: or On the web nobody knows you're an archaeologist." In E. Kansa, S. Kansa and E. Watrall (eds) Archaeology 2.0 New Approaches to Communication and Collobration. Cotsen Institute Press, Los Angles. pages 265-280 or available digitally here

Limp, W. A Payne, K. Simon, S. Winters and J Cothren.  2011. "Developing a 3-D Digital Heritage Ecosystem: from object to representation and the role of a virtual museum in the 21st century." Internet Archaeology 30http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.30.1.

Limp, W. F. 2010 "Towards a startegy for heritage visualization."  Proceedings, CAA 2009, Making History Interactive. Williamsburg VA. Available here.

A. Payne, K. Cole, K. Simon, C. Goodmaster and W. F. Limp.  2010 "Desiging the next generation virtual museum."  Proceedings, CAA 2009, Making History Interactive.Williamsburg VA. Available here.

Cothren, J. C.Goodmaster, A. Barnes, E. Ernenwein, A. Vranich, W.F. Limp, A. Payne, 2008 "Fusion of 3-dimensional data at Tiwanaku: An approach to spatial data integration." Proceeding of the 36th (2008) Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, On the Road to Reconstructing the Past. Budapest.

Limp. W. F. 2007 "GIS" in Eiteljorg, H. An introduction to archaeological computing. Center for the Study of Archaeology and Architecture. Bryn Mawr. PA. Available here.

Tullis, J , J.Cothren, D. E. Irwin, C. Yeager, W. F. Limp, J. Wilson, B. Gorham and S Ogle.  "2007 Yearly Extraction of Central America's Land Cover for Carbon Flux Monitoring." GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2007, 44, No. 4, p. 334-355.

Limp, W. F. 2005 "Data curation" in H. Maschner and C. Chippendale (eds.) Handbook of Archaeological Methods. Altamira Press. pp: 1270-1305.

Nigro, J., F. Limp, K. Kvamme, D. Ruiter and L. Berger 2002 "The creation and potential application of a 3-dimensional GIS for the early hominin site of Swartkrans, South Africa." Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology CAA02 Tempus Reparatum Oxford pp 121-133. 

Leica Geosystems Chair in  Geospatial Imaging (2005-Present)

Director, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (1991-2009)

University Professor, Departments of Anthropology, GeoScience and Environmental Dynamics Program, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2004-Present)

Fred Limp was a founder and served on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium, as well as the Intergraph Geospatial Executive's Board, AmericaView, SPOT Image Academic Advisory Board, the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations Board, Oracle North America Users Forum, Sam M. Walton College of Business Information Technology Research Institute Board, the UA's RFID Center Steering Committee and the OGC Interoperability Institute. He was appointed by Governor Tucker to the Arkansas Mapping and Land Records Modernization Board and by Governor Huckabee to the Arkansas State Land Information Board. He is co-author of two legislative acts. He was elected as Treasurer and President of the Society of American Archaeology and served on the Board of the Foundation for American Archaeology and the University Consortium for Preservation Technology. He currently serves on a number of boards: Digital Antiquity : Digital Antiquity is a Andrew Mellon Foundation funded initative to create a sutainable digital archive for archaeology; the Institute for Field Research, IFR is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding international experience for students and to support archaeology; and the National Center for Preservation  Technology and Training (NCPTT) - a federal advisory committee for the National Park Service.  He served as Co-Director for the Center for American Archaeolgy's Contract Archaeology Program 1978-1979 and as Assistant and Interim Director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey 1979-1990.

He has a participated in a range of research projects throughout the US, Central America, Peru, Italy, the Near East and Greece. 

Limp was a contributing editor for GeoWorld magazine, a contributor to Earth Imaging Journal and writes and lectures extensively on spatial technology issues. Articles on his work have been featured in the popular press including USA Today, Omni, New Scientist, Americas, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Delta Sky, ComputerWorld, eWeek, InformationWeek, Wall Street Journal as well as in National Geographic books, and on US National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and German Public Television.

  • GAIA Award from the GRASS Community,
  • Wm J Fulbright College Master Researcher Award,
  • University of Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Research Award,
  • Appointed by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to Board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
  • University of Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Service Award,
  • Arkansas GIS Users Forum Lifetime Achievement Award,
  • EAST Initative, Lifetime Contribution Recognition Award,
  • Presidential Recognition Award, Society for American Archaeology
  • Arkansas Computing Academy Inductee.