Research & Innovation


Our faculty and staff are conducting a variety of innovative research projects, including Digital Heritage.

  • Heather Richards-Rissetto and her team are recreating an ancient Mayan city with virtual reality technology (video to the right).
  • Raymond Hames is working on an NSF funded project with colleague Napoleon Chagnon (University of Missouri) entitled "Collaborative Research: Demographic and Genealogical Dimensions of Cultural and Biological Success".
  • Bri Petersen is working on a project with forensic anthropologist Dr. Emily Streetman to study skeletal evidence of systematic stress in mid-century American military service personnel. 

  • Sophia Perdikaris is a part of the Barbuda Research Complex (BRC). As Barbuda's first and only research facility with registered "not for profit" status under Antigua and Barbuda's companies legislation, BRC is committed to preservation and conservation of heritage and environment through education initiatives bringing together local stakeholders in collaborative venturas with interdisciplinary international scholars. Check out more at the official BRC Facebook Page or website.  

Digital Heritage

Other faculty are exploring aspects of Digital Cultural Heritage-the valuing, protection, documentation and understanding of humanity’s shared heritage through application of digital tools, medias and digitally-enabled spaces.

We rely on digital technologies for scholarship, teaching and advancement of anthropological discourse and investigation in Digital Heritage.

  • We teach students to use digital tools in their field and laboratory research.
  • We support faculty digital projects independent of and in cooperation with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.
  • We facilitate department-wide digital projects that allow students and faculty to cooperate on common research.
  • We explore how such technologies enable a wider and deeper sharing of anthropological findings.

Current Faculty Projects

Carrie Heitman at Talus Unit #1

Professor Carrie Heitman at Talus Unit #1, September 2015, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (Photo credit: Ruth Van Dyke)