Associate Professor Ethan Watrall publishes in International Journal of Historical Archaeology on digital heritage project

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Ethan Watrall and colleagues Russell Townsend, Dr. Kathryn Sampeck, and Johi Griffin recently published an article in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, entitled “Digital Archaeology and the Living Cherokee Landscape.” The article presents the digital repatriation project Cherokee Landscapes (http://firstlandscapes.matrix.msu.edu/), which is an interactive space for engaging with a multitude of information in ways observed by Ani-Kitu Hwagi (Cherokee) today. The platform for this project was developed by Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

Read the full article at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10761-019-00534-7

Abstract: “Cherokee Landscapes is a digital conservation project to protect and preserve heritage in ways determined by Ani-Kitu Hwagi (Cherokee) stakeholders. This digital repatriation project requires new ways of visualizing archaeological information and geographically integrating Ani-Kitu Hwagi materials that are dispersed among many national and international institutions. The platform for Cherokee Landscapes is mbira, an open-source program developed by Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. Mbira, an interactive map interface, and other open-source programs offer novel ways of visualizing spatial data that benefit archaeological professionals and the public.”

01.23.20