Towards an Approach to Building Mobile Digital Experiences For Campus Heritage & Archaeology

Author(s): Ethan Watrall

Year: 2018


The spaces we inhabit and interact with on a daily basis are made up of layers of cultural activity that are, quite literally, built up over time. While museum exhibits, archaeological narratives, and public archaeology programs communicate this heritage, they often don’t allow for the kind of interactive, place-based, and individually driven exploration so often craved by the public. In recent years, many archaeological projects, cultural landscapes, and heritage institutions have turned to mobile technology to help address these challenges.

It is within this context that this paper will explore a deeply collaborative effort at Michigan State University that leverages mobile technology to build an interactive and place-based interpretive layer for campus heritage and archaeology. Driven by the work of the Campus Archaeology Program, these efforts have unfolded across a number of years and evolved to meet the ever changing need to present the rich and well studied heritage and archaeology of MSU’s campus.

Ultimately, the goal of this paper is not only to present and discuss the efforts at Michigan State University, but to provide a potential model for other university campuses interested in leveraging mobile technology to produce engaging digital heritage and archaeology experiences.

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Towards an Approach to Building Mobile Digital Experiences For Campus Heritage & Archaeology. Ethan Watrall. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444631)

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Abstract Id(s): 20584