by Bernard K. Means, Director
Today, October 18, 2014, is the 4th International Archaeology Day. As can be seen in recent postings at the Virtual Curation Museum, virtual curation allows the world to be brought to your desktop and, be extension, desktops around the planet. Today, I showcased a vessel from Brazil, the preceding two days included teeth from 13th century Berlin, and before that an Ashanti pipe bowl from West Africa. And, many of these and other objects can be downloaded and replicated with a 3D printer. In fact, yesterday I provided DC archaeologist Ruth Trocolli with printed teeth from Berlin and an Ashanti pipe bowl downloaded from the GitHub site maintained by the University of West Florida. I also included printed artifacts that we scanned in the Virtual Curation Laboratory or on location around the region. These replicas will be used in a celebration of International Archaeology Day in our nation’s capital today, from 1 to 3 p.m., as a cooperative venture between the DC SPHO team, ArchaeoVenturers, London’s own DigVentures, and Archaeology in the Community at Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW, Washington, D.C.
The Virtual Curation Laboratory celebrated International Archaeology Day a little early on October 15, 2014. We were jointed by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of World Studies 2015 Excavating Tel Lachish Study Abroad Program, the Richmond Society, Archaeological Institute of America, and Jeff Aronowitz from Jamestown Rediscovery. Our choice of a different date was dictated by the fact that VCU has a fall break from October 16 to October 19, and I wanted to highlight the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s range of scanned (and printed) objects to as wide spectrum of the university community as possible. Our event was moderately attended, and we will repeat in the spring when we are less likely be be impacted by scheduling and a torrential rainstorm.