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Tuesday April 22, 2014

The latest issue of the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia hot off the presses

Over the past two years, VMNH’s Curator of Archaeology, Dr. Elizabeth Moore has been working with staff and students of the VCU Virtual Curation Laboratory to scan a variety of objects from the VMNH collections. Archaeological material scanned includes stone tools, bone tools, ceramic objects, effigies, figurines, and a variety of faunal material from both archaeological deposits and the zooarchaeology reference collection. You can see some of those scanned items here.  With support from the Council of Virginia Archaeologists, Dr. Bernard Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Lab and a VMNH Research Associate, has brought several of his students to VMNH to work with objects in our collections. While focusing on archaeological material, we have also started scanning other objects, including vertebra of a Miocene whale.

Some of the Miocene whale specimens in the VMNH vert paleo collections.

I was very pleased today when I opened the latest issue of the Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia to see a special issue on 3D scanning with almost all of the papers written by students. First, it was nice to see so many VMNH specimens in the pages of the issue; we work very hard to make our collections accessible to a variety of researchers and students as appropriate.  Second, it was exciting to see so many student written papers. The QB has long been a place that welcomes submissions from avocational and professional archaeologists and students of all ages and levels. This latest issue demonstrates very well how a group of students with access to collections and equipment, being given both the freedom to explore their interests and the guidance to help them focus on a topic, can produce a wide range of interesting papers.

Raccoon pelvis and sacrum from the VMNH zooarchaeology reference collection scanned by VCU students.

Members of the Archeological Society of Virginia receive a subscription to the Quarterly Bulletin. If you are not a member but would like to become one, visit the ASV membership information page here. If you would like to read this issue of the QB but are not a member you may be able to borrow it through interlibrary loan at your local library. You can also locate the ASV chapter nearest you here and someone there should be able to loan a copy of it to you.

Tags: Archaeological Society of Virginia (ASV), Archaeology, Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Paleontology, Reconstruction, Research and Collections, Research Associate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virtual Curation Lab

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