This Week’s Dirt: 9/14-9/21

This Week’s Dirt: 9/14-9/21

Sorry for the delays with the Weekly Dirt…I typically think “sure, something weekly shouldn’t be difficult”, but then a Friday ends up being a travel day, or it slips my mind, or whatever. At any rate, this will cover a little bit of the last three weeks, which for me included a trip back to […]

Digital Archaeology and Public Engagement: Considering your Audience

Digital Archaeology and Public Engagement: Considering your Audience

When I sat down to begin designing and implementing the digital heritage project for my dissertation research, “All of Us Would Walk Together”, there were a number of things that I had to take into consideration about design and the way we were going to communicate the content. I wanted the site to look snazzy, […]

The Last XXIV Hours: A Digital Take on The Last Days in Pompeii

The Last XXIV Hours: A Digital Take on The Last Days in Pompeii

Today marks the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, which erupted on August 24th, 79 AD. The eruption resulted in the rarest of archaeological resources: the entire city of Pompeii, smothered in volcanic ash, was frozen in that moment. The site itself is absolutely breathtaking, and it has provided archaeologists with countless […]

How to get an ‘A’ in Field School

How to get an ‘A’ in Field School

School is out, summer is here, and that means that all across the world, college students are getting ready for their first archaeological field schools. The field school means many things to many people: for some, it’s a way to get a bunch of credits completed, for others it’s an opportunity to find out if […]

“We All Walked Together”: A Digital Project

“We All Walked Together”: A Digital Project

Last month, I received a phone call from the Director of Historic St. Mary’s City, Regina Faden, wondering if I’d be interested in completing a digital project for my dissertation research, since the National Trust for Historic Preservation was interested in providing modest funds for the project to be completed. Having wanted to build such […]

The Arqball Spin: 3D for Everybody (and Every Archaeologist?)

The Arqball Spin: 3D for Everybody (and Every Archaeologist?)

This week, I received a surprising tweet from a company called Arqball, located in Charlottesville, VA. A small startup who’s focus is on creating “3D for Everybody”, they recently launched an iPhone app called Arqball Spin. The app creates “spins”, or 3D captures of objects. These images are small, easy to share, and embed-able. They […]

DigVentures: A New, Social, and Digital Way to Dig

DigVentures: A New, Social, and Digital Way to Dig

Over the past year, archaeologists have begun to tap into a new type of fundraising for their projects: micro or crowdfunding. A¬†phenomenon¬†that was popularized here in the states by the Obama campaign in 2008 and then brought to our cell phones by the Haiti disaster and Red Cross, it has been brought to anyone who […]

Using Buffer for your Org’s Auto Posts

Using Buffer for your Org’s Auto Posts

Lately, I’ve noticed a number of online archaeology and history related databases beginning to use Twitter to auto-tweet whenever a new piece of data is added to their, er, base. Some of these include the Digital Archaeological Record (@DigArchRec), Looted Heritage (@LootedHeritage), and Archaeology Field Work (@archfieldwork). For the most part, I think this is […]

Visualizing Emancipation: Examining its Process through Digital Tools

Visualizing Emancipation: Examining its Process through Digital Tools

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 4 Comments

There are a handful of wonderful online tools for the study of history and archaeology, particularly African American history. Some that come to mind are the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) at Monticello, The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Database, or the Virginia Historical Society’s recently released Unknown No Longer database of slave names. […]