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VCU Archaeology

Happy New Year from the Virtual Curation Laboratory

by Bernard K. Means, director

One of my memories of New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles–while attending Occidental College as a physics then anthropology major–was the sound of gunfire as the night progressed.  Although the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Oxy had its issues, the December 31 gunfire was largely in celebration of the impending New Year.  The campus was generally unscathed–although one year some pockmarks were visible on a few campus buildings.

Animation of ramrod-crimped bullet by Ashley McCuistion.

Animation of ramrod-crimped bullet by Ashley McCuistion.

This memory has me thinking about the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s involvement with the recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, as detailed in an recent post. To celebrate New Year’s Eve, I present this animation by Ashley McCuistion of a ramrod-deformed bullet. A description of this bullet can be found by Laura Powell Kiser at the New York Times web page.



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