The Department of Anthropology is very pleased to announce that, in collaboration with MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, Professors Watrall and Goldstein have received a $249,708 Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to organize the Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice
Hosted jointly by MATRIX and the Department of Anthropology and directed by Watrall (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology; Associate Director of MATRIX) and Lynne Goldstein (Professor, Department of Anthropology), the institute will bring together 20 participants to the campus of Michigan State University for two 6 day sessions in 2015 and 2016. The ultimate goal of the institute is to build capacity among private sector, public sector, student, and scholarly archaeologists – especially in areas that fall outside “traditional” digital archaeological practice. The institute also hopes to build the foundation for a networked and intellectually unified community of practice for digital archaeology
In order to accomplish the goals of the institute, attendance will be open to public sector archaeologists, private sector archaeologists, students, museum archaeologists, and scholarly archaeologists from both the anthropological and humanist archaeological communities. Sessions (both talks and workshops) will be delivered by a wide variety of internationally regarded experts from the world of classics and ancient history, archaeology (humanist and anthropological), the digital humanities, museums, and web mapping. The institute is organized along several themes: Field Methods, Data & Linked Data, Geospatial, Scholarly Publication & Communication, Public Outreach & Engagement, and Project Development & Management.
While the institute will include sessions on a wide variety of topics, its organizational focus is on a digital project which attendees will be challenged to envision, design, develop, and launch over the course of the institute, with the bulk of the work happening between the two week long meetings.