The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Dr. Ethan Watrall and Professor Emerita Dr. Lynne Goldstein have published two edited volumes with the University Press Florida on Digital Heritage and Archaeology – Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice: Presentation, Teaching, and Engagement (https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813069319) and Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice: Data, Ethics, and Professionalism (https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813069302)
The two volumes bring together a diverse group of archaeologists and heritage professionals from private, public, and academic settings to discuss practical applications of digital and computational approaches to the field. Contributors thoughtfully explore the diverse and exciting ways in which digital methods are being deployed in archaeological interpretation and analysis, museum collections and archives, and community engagement, as well as the unique challenges that these approaches bring. In particular, the volumes highlight the importance of community, generosity, and openness in the use of digital tools and technologies.
The volumes represent one portion of a larger project that was originally funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant – The Institute for Digital Archaeology Method and Practice (digitalarchaeology.msu.edu). The institute, which was directed by Watrall and Goldstein, sought to build community and capacity among private sector, public sector, student, and scholarly archaeologists and heritage professionals around ethical, thoughtful, and practical applications of digital methods and computational approaches in archaeology and heritage. Many of the authors represented in the volumes were original institute attendees.