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Virtual Archaeology to teach Historical Archaeology

The use of digital technologies for visualizing past environments is currently experiencing something of a renaissance among archaeologists. This is largely due to dropping costs of hardware and an increase in the intuitive usability of various 3D modeling software. The ability to deliver interactive content via the internet (Web 2.0) provides new ways of sharing research with a wider audience. These developments also provide exciting potentials for engaging students in the historical archaeology classroom. This post discusses how my teaching of historical archaeology benefits from these emerging technologies. Specifically, the use of a virtual world environment to explore historical architecture as described in James Deetz’s In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life.

The New England Saltbox House

The New England Saltbox House

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Rosewood Heritage Project – Cemetery Documentation

The last week of August marked the inaugural fieldwork of a new collaborative project exploring Rosewood’s past. The Rosewood Heritage Project is the next phase of the work I began with my dissertation. A significant portion of my PhD research combined archaeology, documentary research, and oral history to construct a more accurate history of Rosewood’s development and subsequent destruction. You can visit the Rosewood Heritage Project’s website to learn more about this previous work. This post describes the ongoing documentation of Rosewood’s African American cemetery. Continue reading