Research & Innovation

Faculty Research

Faculty 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 (watch the video to the right)
  • Wayne Babchuk is pioneering qualitative methods to research land and resource use by San people in Botswana and Namibia.
  • Martha McCollough is interviewing females from elite and wealthy backgrounds to learn about the wealth-maintenance strategies of this understudied class of people.

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)