AMAAZE Researcher, Carolyne Foster, Awarded Funding Through UROP

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We are happy to announce that AMAAZE researcher Carolyne Foster has recently been awarded funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the University of Minnesota. Carolyne is an undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Her research will focus on applying mathematical methods, such as differential and integral invariants, to advance efforts in refitting and reconstruction, i.e. putting broken bones back together again. Refitting is a dauntingly time-consuming endeavor. Additionally, many items extracted from archaeological sites are fragmented making refitting pervasive in archaeological research. The approach to which Carolyne’s research will contribute will be applicable on a variety of materials (e.g. pottery, stone, and bones). Developing a semi-automated approach will substantially reduce the time and effort anthropologists must invest in the process of refitting, enabling anthropologists to direct those efforts toward the analysis of the refits.