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Council for West Virginia Archaeology Workshop @ Beckley, West Virginia

by Bernard K. Means, project director

Scanning the shell masquette from the Buffalo site.

On June 2, I was part of a panel of experts presenting on various aspects of technology in archaeology, which was sponsored by the Council for West Virginia Archaeology (http://www.cwva.org/) and the West Virginia Archeological Society (http://wvarch.org/), and organized by Dara Spenser of Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc.  My presentation on the use of 3D scanning technology and archaeological curation seemed to go well, and attendees of the workshop certainly were interested in the items we scanned and then reproduced with our MakerBot Replicator.

Shell masquette from the Buffalo site. Object courtesy of Dave Martin.

During the presentation, I scanned two artifacts from West Virginia Fort Ancient village sites: a shell masquette, and a fabric-impressed sherd.  The shell masquette was recovered from the Buffalo site, and made available by Dave Martin (who has his own web site at: http://www.martincollection.net/).  The shell masquette proved more challenging to scan than I anticipated, but these challenges will help contribute to our understanding of the potentials and limitations of our NextEngine scanner.

The large sherd from the Barker site (46Su3) was a more straightforward scan.  This sherd had residue on the interior that may prove sufficient for an accelerator mass spectrometry date–something that I plan on pursuing with Bob Maslowski.  This sherd was provided by David Dobbins.

Sherd from the Barker (46Su3) site. Artifact courtesy of David Dobbins.

All in all, a great workshop and I commend the Council for putting this together.


4 thoughts on “Council for West Virginia Archaeology Workshop @ Beckley, West Virginia

  1. Bernard, Can you email me. Would like to talk to about a 3-D of a 16,000 year old bipoint.
    Jack Hranicky

    Posted by Jack Hranicky | June 3, 2012, 10:35 am
  2. Hello,
    I was wondering if you might have an email for Dave Dobbins. I have worked on some fort projects in Greenbrier Co and he said he could make a trowel for me and lost his address.
    Thank you,
    Todd Osborne

    Posted by Todd Osborne | August 12, 2014, 8:50 am

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