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Exhibiting the 3D Printed Past: Archaeology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

by Bernard K. Means, Director Last year I was approached by Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Curator of Archaeology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH), with the idea that the Virtual Curation Laboratory could contribute to a new archaeology exhibit scheduled to open in September 2015.  This was a fortuitous request, as I was developing a new … Continue reading

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem 3D Printed Bones: Building a Human Osteology Study Collection from Medical Data Scans

by Bernard K. Means The Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is teaming with VCU’s Forensic Science Department to build a human osteology study collection from medical scan data, especially that collected in the form of CT scans and archived as public data by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This effort is led by … Continue reading

Memory, Memorialization, and the Material World: the Story of Russell Scott

by Bernard K. Means As I became an archaeologist, I was trained to look at material items–the things created by people in the near and distant past–as imperfect reflections of human behaviors, beliefs, customs, and actions.  With careful recovery through excavation and painstaking analysis, I could use stains in the soil and broken pieces of pottery … Continue reading