by Bernard K. Means, Director
Yesterday, I traveled with my 2014 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) students to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. We visited the archaeology laboratory, with a tour by Karen Price, the current Mount Vernon field school, led by Eleanor Breen, and the slave cemetery they are delineated, thanks to Luke Pecoraro.
I used the Sense 3D scanner on features at Mount Vernon as a test case for a future endeavor.
Although Mount Vernon is best known for its association with George Washington, he spent many years there with his loving wife, Martha Washington.
Martha had a namesake that made news the same day our field school was at Mount Vernon. A new exhibit opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History displaying the stuffed remains of the last passenger pigeon, which died nearly a century ago in the Cleveland Zoo, as detailed in this article from the Washington Post. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is working to create a digital type collection of passenger pigeon bones, on loan from the Virginia Museum of Natural History. We will present some of our research on the passenger pigeon at the International Council of Archaeozoologists meeting and at the Archeological Society of Virginia annual meeting this fall.