VCU Archaeology

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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

Of Mummies, Mastodons and a Bear Named Muggins

by Bernard K. Means Last week, on May 22, 2018, I returned to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, and spent a few days there. I was at this family museum, which includes a small zoo, in late January of this year. On this earlier visit, I was using the recently acquired Go!Scan … Continue reading