Friday, July 6, 2012

Day of Archaeology 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012 was the Day of Archaeology, a project started to showcase what archaeology is and what archaeologists do. There were a lot more posts than there were last year, which is awesome, as this provides a truer picture of a day in the life within the discipline. The amount of posts about lab work, office work and conservation seems greatly increased from last year as well. Which is also great, because as we all know, time in the field results in a lot of necessary lab time, data organization/interpretation, and report writing.

Intern at Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology: "I’m not bushwhacking though greenfield in 100+ degree weather, fighting for my life against mosquitoes and ticks right now. I am making life a little easier for those who are, and extending archaeology to the public little by little. I like to think this end of archaeology is just as interesting as the survey and recovery end, I know it’s just as vital."

Curation at Lost City Museum: I enjoyed that the curator discussed the necessity of wearing many hats at small museums. Really gives a feel of the variety of tasks necessary to preserve archaeological artifacts for future generations.

Institute of Archaeology at University College London: I really enjoyed the Keeper of Collections post last year as well. This year, she made support for pottery with non-flat bases, sorted through paper bags containing artifacts and sorts samples from Evan's excavations at Knossos (so cool!).

Worcester Archaeology: I liked this on because the coffee start to the day and the chocolate break were awesome. Big chocolate fan myself, and although I sometimes forget to take breaks while working, I am pretty ravenous by the time I do. The roman tiles and pottery were pretty cool. I also like that the author gave us a bit of insight to some of the more mundane controversies of archaeology (like money spent on new buildings or updating old).

Curator at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex: This is the first curation facility for artifacts in West Virginia. Which has been one of the focuses of this blog, listing the various state archaeological curation facilities. The curator also talks about the importance of salvage archaeology and gives a shout-out to future archaeologists.

Leather Belt Conservation at Rubicon Heritage: Uniquely preserved, a beautiful medieval belt. This artifact was, and is, in fantastic condition. 

Conservation at AOC Archaeology Group: A day in the conservation lab-including writing up all treatments and progress.

The Bitterly Hoard at the British Museum: Wonderful write up about conserving the Bitterly hoard. Stunning photos and really captures the ongoing excavation aspect of conservation. One of the most rewarding experiences in conservation is to take sediment or concretions apart and reveal previously unknown artifacts within. Check out Part Two as well.

Conservation on the Pambamarca Archaeological Project: I really enjoyed the bit about in field conservation of a burnt reed mat. These kind of activities are vital to illustrating the importance of interaction between conservators and archaeologists. It is a mutually beneficial relationship, conservators can assist in the preservation of the artifact and archaeologists can immediately see that their work is being preserved for future generations.

Conservation at the Kelsey Museum: Conservation of artifacts from the 1920s for an upcoming exhibit Karanis Revealed.

Conserving 5 Burial Urns at Wiltshire Conservation Services: Skeletal material conservation has been one of my interests since working in Hawai'i. This post was fascinating and illustrates the necessity of various sub-disciplines working together, the initial archaeologists, the conservators, and the bioarchaeologists that will interpret the stabilized remains.

Human Remain Detection Dogs: Very interesting, including this one solely based on the fact that dog as archaeologists or archaeological helpers to find unmarked burials had never occurred to me.

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