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Fabricating the Past

Monday August 3, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore discusses producing replicas for the upcoming Exploring Virginia exhibit scheduled to open September 5, 2015.

Brenna Geraghty, Archaeology Summer Intern

Thursday July 30, 2015

What could get a college student excited to leave behind her friends, city, and a summer of relaxation to spend nine weeks in a small town on the opposite side of the state?

Skeleton Comparison

Tuesday May 12, 2015

Recently, while prepping some skeletons for the Archaeology’s reference collection, I came across a nearly intact skeleton of a hummingbird.  As I examined this hummingbird skeleton, I wanted to compare it to another bird skeleton.

Plants and People

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore recently gave a presentation, Plants and People, to students in the Roanoke College Honors Program.

Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team from VCU at VMNH

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore, VMNH Curator of Archaeology recently hosted Dr. Bernard Means and some of the students of the Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team from VCU at VMNH.

Native American Village Site in Martinsville/Henry County

Monday March 23, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Moore assists in the archaeological survey at a Native American village site in the Martinsville/Henry County area.

Washing Rocks

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Stone tools from the Rudacil site are being washed and inventoried in the archaeology lab. This site is part of the Paleoindian Period Flint Run Archaeological Complex and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Life and Death on a Farm

Tuesday February 10, 2015

In late January, Ray Vodden and I went to a farm to retrieve a dead cow. That’s right… a dead cow. Not just any dead cow, but one that had died a month prior.


Thursday November 13, 2014

VMNH Staff present activity on climate change at the PHCC STEM Day.

Here’s what happens when a group of museum people have a pig roast…..

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Prepping animal skeletons for the reference collection involves several steps – defleshing, dermestids, degreasing, and final cleaning.

Day of Archaeology 2014

Friday July 11, 2014

Archaeologists from all over the world share what they are doing on the Day of Archeology.

Zooarchaeology Class at VMNH

Wednesday June 25, 2014

A 5-day zooarchaeology lab course is being offered by Dr. Elizabeth Moore at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

You Call THIS Archaeology?

Monday June 2, 2014

Let’s get real about fictional archaeologists.

It’s a Hard-Knock Life

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Examination of pathology on a turtle carapace indicates that the carapace was broken and healed while the turtle was alive. Then somebody probably ate it.

An Update on the Canid Skull

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Closer examination of the canid (dog/wolf) skull currently being reconstructed at VMNH shows butchering scars on the cranium.

VMNH “Figures” Prominently in Recent Publication

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Check out the latest issue of the ASV Quarterly Bulletin – how many places figures or photos contain VMNH labs or specimens?

A Whirlwind Week for Archaeology at VMNH

Monday March 24, 2014

Last week was a busy one for Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Curator of Archaeology at VMNH. Dr. Moore met with met with a variety of people working in archaeology and historic preservation including students and faculty from VCU, staff at the Department of Historic Resources, and professional and avocational archaeologists from the Archaeological Society of Virginia.

The Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference Snowbound Adventure

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Moore discusses the 44th Annual Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

Clams from the Dan River

Thursday March 6, 2014

Drs. Elizabeth Moore and Joe Keiper from VMNH identify dead bivalves collected from the Dan River following the Duke Energy coal ash spill.

We're Gluing Together a Dog Skull

Thursday March 6, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Moore and Ray Vodden are reconstructing a skull of a canid in order to attempt to determine if it is dog or wolf.