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VCU Archaeology

Dispatch from The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Day 1

by Bernard K. Means, Project Director

Today, December 16, 2013, found me at The State Museum of Pennsylvania (TSMP), in Harrisburg, PA, to scan some artifacts from their extensive collection.  I was accompanied by Ashley McCuistion and Mariana Zechini.  We arrived mid-day and soon took to scanning artifacts set out for our visit by Janet Johnson, Curator for Archaeology at TSMP.

Janet Johnson holds a replica of an enlarged Susqhuehannock rim sherd.

Janet Johnson holds a replica of an enlarged Susqhuehannock rim sherd.

We focused our efforts today on bone tools from the Martin site, a Monongahela village excavated as a salvage project in 1941–prior to the site’s inundation following the construction of the Youghiogheny Reservoir.  Those excavations were directed by Harvard Ph.D. student Francis Cresson and former Work Projects Administration archaeologist Edgar Augustine.  More on these excavations and their history can be found in my 2010 article “Two Archaeological Sites in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.”  Pennsylvania Archaeologist 80 (1):1-16.

Mariana and Ashley scanning a bone artifact.

Mariana and Ashley scanning a bone artifact.

We also tested our Sense 3D scanner at TSMP, in anticipation of scanning rock art tomorrow.

Bernard scanning Mariana.

Bernard scanning Mariana.

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