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Managing Virtual Artifact Collections

Kristen Currey, microscopic imaging of a pottery sherd from the Gower site, a Monongahela village.

New semester, new addition to the V.C.U.-R.A.M.S. team: Kristen Currey joins the team as Assistant Collections Manager. Majoring in Anthropology with a minor in History at VCU, Kristen will be researching ways to manage virtual collections.


Currently, she is creating images of artifacts using a Dino-Lite digital microscope (which can magnify an object by a maximum of 200x – that’s really close!).

For more information on the Gower site, where the pottery sherd Kristen is shown scanning above is from, click here.


2 thoughts on “Managing Virtual Artifact Collections

  1. The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is a digital repository for archaeological information — documents, images, data sets, and scanned objects. It is an archive where archaeological data can be deposited so they are widely accessible and preserved for long term use.

    You can find out more at the related web sites: http://www.tdar.org and http://www.digitalantiquity.org.

    An example of scanned archaeological objects in tDAR is the Hampson Virtual Museum Project, you can access this at http://core.tdar.org/project/6317

    Posted by Frank McManamon, Executive Director, Center for Digital Antiquity, Arizona State University | February 9, 2012, 3:17 pm
    • Thanks for the links. We’ll be looking at tDAR more carefully in the coming months. I talked briefly to folks from tDAR at the Society for Historical Achaeology annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, and hope to continue those talks at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Memphis, TN.

      Bernard K. Means, director, Virtual Curation Laboratory

      Posted by vcuarchaeology3d | February 11, 2012, 3:33 am

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