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Scott Ure

Scott Ure

Research Archaeologist

142 Museum of Peoples and Cultures (B67)
Provo, UT 84602

Scott Ure is a research archaeologist and instructor for the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, United States. His current research focuses on digital archaeology and the Fremont archaeological culture in the Eastern Great Basin. Scott has worked on various archaeological projects in the American Eastern Great Basin, Midwest, and Southwest, in northern and western Mexico, and in the Middle East.

Research Focus:

  • Digital archaeology
  • Archaeological UAS remote sensing using aerial photogrammetry, LiDAR, and thermal imagery
  • Terrestrial photogrammetry and LiDAR, structured-light scanning, and 3D modelling
  • Mapping and GIS spatial analysis
  • Fremont archaeology with an emphasis in ceramics and architecture

Active Research Projects:

  • Utah Valley Fremont (excavations in Payson and Goshen, Utah)
  • Surveyor data collection app
  • SolarArk: a robotic, sun-tracing solar-panel array for archaeological excavations
  • Archaeological Digital Initiative

Select Publications:

Ure, Scott M.
2022 The Function of the Central Structure in Fremont Community Organization. In Casting a Wide Net: Papers in Honor of Joel C. Janetski, edited by James Allison, Richard Talbot, and Charmaine Thompson. Museum of Peoples and Cultures Occasional Papers No. 20, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

(In Press) Powerful Pictures: Uncovering Data in Aerial Photogrammetric Imagery. Proceedings of the 46th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology edited by Matthias Lang. Archaeopress, Oxford.

2013 Parowan Valley Potters: Examining Technological Style in Fremont Snake Valley Corrugated Pottery Produced in the Parowan Valley, Utah. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University, Provo.

2015 Centers of Culture, Commerce, and Technology: Fremont Villages in the Parowan Valley. In Introducing the Fremont, edited by James R. Allison. Archaeology Southwest 29(4):19–21.

2009 The Social Side of Subsistence: Examining Food Choice at the Seamons Mound Site (42UT271) using Sociocultural Perspectives. Utah Archaeology 22(1):57–74.

Ure, Scott M. and Michael T. Searcy
2015 Mapping the Ancient City of Paquimé: Harnessing the Power of Pix4Dmapper and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Electronic document,, last modified February 23, 2016.

Searcy, Michael T., Hannah Steffensen, and Scott M. Ure
2022 Fremont Smoke Mixtures: Botanical Analyses of Pipes from Wolf Village, Goshen, Utah. KIVA: Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. DOI:10.1080/00231940.2022.2090778.

Searcy, Michael T., Marion Forest, Todd Pitezel, Jaron Davidson, Scott Ure, Kari M. Cates, Paul Minnis, and Cinthia M. Campos
2021 Descubriendo las Raíces del Periodo Viejo en Chihuahua, Mexico: Temporada 2019 Excavación del Sito de San Diego. Final Technical Report for the Consejo de Arqueología, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México City.