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Open Access 3D Archaeology and Juneteenth

by Bernard K. Means Today, June 19, 2018 is Juneteenth, which celebrates the day on June 19, 1865, when formerly enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned that they were free. It seems appropriate that I write about two sites associated with two Founding Fathers who fought for freedom but whose daily lives depended on enslaved … Continue reading

Shadow of the Mastodon: Ice Age Animals in New York

by Bernard K. Means During the waning days of May and the first part of June 2018, I found myself surrounded by the fossils of long extinct Ice Age animals that once called New York their home, especially those associated with mastodons. Mastodons superficially resembled African or Asian elephants, having tusks and a trunk, but … Continue reading

Beyond Books at the Library of Congress: 3D Scanning Ancient Cuneiform

by Bernard K. Means At the invitation of Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress (LOC), I spent much of Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in the LOC’s African and Middle Eastern Reading Room. We were accompanied by: Stephen Wesson, Educational Resources Specialist at LOC; Matt Poth, LOC Teacher in Residence … Continue reading