Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn -- even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once … Continue reading Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

User Experience Research and Design Coursework-University of Michigan

Courses of study offered by MichiganX, an online learning initiative of the University of Michigan through edX UX501x: Introduction to User Experience UX502x: Understanding User Needs UX503x: Principles of Designing for Humans UX504x: Evaluating Designs with Users UX505x: UX Design: From Concept to Wireframe UX506x: UX Design: From Wireframe to Prototype UX507x: UX Research Surveys

Rock-Art Vandals: An Assessment of Public Interactions with Archaeological Resources

Abstract: This project studied the public opinions and discussion of the effects contemporary humans have at archaeological rock art sites in the United States. Preservation of rock art sites is attempted by a perpetual separation of visitors, by creating physical barriers at sites, or keeping site locations a secret. Little has been done, however, to … Continue reading Rock-Art Vandals: An Assessment of Public Interactions with Archaeological Resources

Modeling Consciousness in Archaeology: A Non-Invasive Approach

Abstract: Modeling the thoughts and beliefs of ancient persons is an arduous calling for archaeologists, as this data falls into the intangible realm. Often the most direct material link to the ancient mind is found in rock art. With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces presented an ideal canvas for the lasting expressions … Continue reading Modeling Consciousness in Archaeology: A Non-Invasive Approach

The Sound of Silence: Suggesting an Evolutionary Perspective in Archaeoacoustics

Abstract: Humans have a common practice of altering auditory perception, with the ability to extend their sound experience through creating instruments, building acoustic amphitheater spaces, and producing rhythm and music with the body as with clapping, chanting, and singing. The field of archaeoacoustics offers insight into the use of sound in ancient societies. Previous research … Continue reading The Sound of Silence: Suggesting an Evolutionary Perspective in Archaeoacoustics