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History’s Witnesses

by Bernard K. Means History relies on the accounts of witnesses. These may take the form of letters, diaries, photographs, audio recordings, and film, among a host of ways that humans have developed to document their interactions with each other and the world around them. As an archaeologist, I also consider the material world created … Continue reading

Decay and Documentation: Wooden George Washington Statue Case Study

by Bernard K. Means For over two decades, a wooden statue of George Washington stood at George Washington’s Ferry Farm, carved by folk artist Kim Matthews. The statue was removed from its original location in March 2019 due to its decayed state and relocated to a garden in Fredericksburg, Virginia. On March 30, 2019 and … Continue reading

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