Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice
362 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 3/25
73 b/w illustrations, 6 tables, notes, bibliography, index
Release Date:05 Jul 2022

Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice

Presentation, Teaching, and Engagement

University Press of Florida

Exploringthe use of digital methods in heritage studies and archaeological research


The two volumes ofDigital Heritage and Archaeology inPractice bring together archaeologists and heritage professionals fromprivate, public, and academic sectors to discuss practical applications ofdigital and computational approaches to the field. Contributors thoughtfullyexplore the diverse and exciting ways in which digital methods are beingdeployed in archaeological interpretation and analysis, museum collections andarchives, and community engagement, as well as the unique challenges that theseapproaches bring.

Thisvolume begins with discussions of digitization at museums and other heritageinstitutions, including ethical questions around access to archives associatedwith descendant communities and the use of metadata standards to preserverecords for the future. Next, case studies provide several examples of publicand community engagement with archaeology using digital tools. The volumeconcludes with information on ways archaeologists have taught digital methodsto both students and professionals, addressing field school contexts and opensource software for mapping and 3D imaging.

Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice highlights the importance of community, generosity, and openness in theuse of digital tools and technologies. Providing a purposeful counterweight tothe idea that digital archaeology requires expensive infrastructure,proprietary software, complicated processes, and opaque workflows, thesevolumes privilege perspectives that embrace straightforward and transparentapproaches as models for the future.

“Expertly surveys the rapidlyexpanding terrain of digital heritage studies in ways that will appeal to bothnewcomers and experts. The chapters skillfully weave together methodologicalexperimentation, pedagogical innovation, and ethical responsibility.”—EdwardGonzález-Tennant, author of The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology andHistory of Intersectional Violence

 “Champions diversity in the voices it brings tothe table. Should be core reading material for any and all digital heritage andarchaeology programs.”—Catriona Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London

Ethan Watrall is associate professor of anthropology,director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, and director of theDigital Heritage Imaging and Innovation Lab at Michigan State University.  Lynne Goldstein is professor emeritaof anthropology and founding director of the Campus Archaeology Program atMichigan State University. She is the coauthor of Aztalan: Mysteries of anAncient Indian Town. Goldstein isthe recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for AmericanArchaeology.
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