Undergrads Do Archaeology, Civic Engagement and Digital Humanities

September 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Undergraduates at Hamilton College are participating in an archaeological dig led by Prof. Nathan Goodale. This project illustrates the variety of learning experiences and high impact practices that can come from engaging undergraduates in collaborative research with faculty using digital methodologies.  Not only do students engage in collaborative, student-faculty research, they also see the public impact of that research as it is being used by Sinxit activists to support claims to their ancestral land. The project is part of Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Initiative, and uses digital techniques such as a digital database of cultural and linguistic information, iPads for data collection in the field, 3-D Modeling of Sinxit buildings, and a film about the Sinxit, past and present. When I interviewed Prof. Goodale in 2010 during a visit to Hamilton College to learn about DHi, it became clear to me that he wasn’t striving to be at the cutting edge of digital humanities research and teaching.  Rather, his project uses the best tools available and those tools happen to be digital.  That lesson is far more important to undergrads, whether they identify themselves as digital humanists or not.

Read more about it in this story from the Chronicle of Higher Education: Archae0logists Uncover Markers of an ‘Extinct’ Ancient Tribe on Contested Land. (Note that this is a premium article, so, unfortunately the link above expires in 5 days).

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