EthanYour Instructor: Professor Ethan Watrall

An anthropological archaeologist who has worked throughout North America and the Middle East, Ethan Watrall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology ( and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences ( at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative ( and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool ( at Michigan State University.  Currently, Ethan is Co-PI of the NEH funded ARCS: Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System project and the Director of the NEH funded Institute for Digital Archaeological Method and Practice. Ethan’s interest primarily fall in the domain of digital public archaeology and heritage, with particular interest in mobile digital public heritage and digital heritage mapping for public outreach and engagement. Ethan is co-editor of Archaeology 2.0: New Tools for Communication and Collaboration, an open access volume published by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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  • For help relating to class content, procedures (assignments, due dates, etc), or technical issues, please contact the course Instructor at (see info below on this page for guidelines on how to email)
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  • If you have a question that you think other people in the class might benefit from, post it to the course blog (and use the “Question” category).  I’ll respond to it publicly (that way, others in the class will benefit from the answer as well.

Email Policy

if you have something private you need to discuss (like medical emergencies) or if you have a message specifically for me – you are more than welcome to email. Make sure you follow the format below when sending emails:

  • Put “ISS 220 (Summer Session 1) Question″ in the subject line
  • Start the email with “Hi Professor Watrall” or something similarly polite.
  • Use full sentences, proper grammar, etc.
  • Sign with your full name.
  • Include your student ID number

Please allow me up to 48 hours to respond to your emails (especially if it is over the weekend). If the email is an emergency, please include “EMERGENCY” in the subject line (so “EMERGENCY: ISS 220 (Summer Session 1) Question”). Emails that do not meet the above protocol will not receive a response.

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