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Investing in the Future by Curating the Past: the Veterans Curation Program and the Virtual Curation Laboratory

by Bernard K. Means, Director By our nature, we archaeologists have a strong interest in the past of our fellow humans, the pre-modern bipedal apes that preceded us, and even our closest tool-using relatives (e.g. chimpanzees, gorillas, etc.).  We work directly with material remains and seek to interpret and reconstruct past beliefs, activities, and customs. … Continue reading

My Passage to India, Stage 3: Building a (Virtual) Bridge Between Virginia Commonwealth University (U.S.) and HNB Garhwal University (India): A Global Classroom Initiative

by Bernard K. Means So, why did I just spend almost two weeks in India?  Was it to indulge in a bit of world exploration, buy some souvenirs, and eat Indian food?  No—although I DO like Indian food.  Was I there to be provided a wonderful tour by Rakesh Bhatt of the Siva temple of … Continue reading

My Passage to India, Stage 2: Sustain Your Heritage and Feel Glorious

by Bernard K. Means, Director On August 5, 2015, I left Srinagar (Garhwal) mid-morning with three members of the faculty in HNB Garhwal University’s Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology: Praadeep Saklani, Rakesh Bhatt, and Vinod Nautiyal. Vinod is my host for my week in Srinagar (Garhwal), which is focused on 3D scanning … Continue reading