by Bernard K. Means, Director
The Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL) depends on undergraduate Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) students for the wide range of activities that take place, from scanning of artifacts, through editing of digital files, and finally the printing and painting of replicas for education, outreach, and research. These students also have the opportunity to do real-world research that they can present and publish, as is clear from our year-end review. And, while our main goal is to preserve the past in a virtual form and make it more widely available, the need for ensuring that the material remnants of the past that we 3D scan exist into the future is equally important. For this reason, I was happy that the VCL was able to partner with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) archaeological conservator Katherine Ridgway in our internship program. To date, three VCL interns have worked directly with Ms. Ridgway, learning the basics of material conservation for archaeological items: Rebecca Bowman, Lauren Hogg, and Ivana Adzic. Rebecca interned over the summer, and Lauren and Ivana just completed their internships. All three interns presented on their conservation efforts at the 2014 annual meeting of the Archeological Society of Virginia. As part of their internships, Lauren and Ivana created exhibits for the area just outside the VDHR conservation laboratory. Ms. Ridgway was kind enough to share a number of photographs of all three interns.