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National Parks: The Everglades

National Parks: The Everglades

By Katherine Hodge, Project Archaeology  Interim Program LeadDark-stained, shallow waters with grass as far as the eye can see is one of the signature views within the 22nd National Park. The Everglades are well known for how its unique, fragile, and incredibly...

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National Parks: Gates of the Arctic

National Parks: Gates of the Arctic

By Katherine Hodge, Project Archaeology Interim Program LeadGates of the Arctic is the northernmost National Park within the United States and is located in north-central Alaska. It is the second-largest National Park in the states, covering 8.5 million acres of land....

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National Parks: an introduction

National Parks: an introduction

By Katherine Hodge, Interim Project Archaeology Program LeadNational Parks were once called “the best idea” America has ever had. Born of the conservation movement in the late 19th century, the idea of a  National Park hwas brand new. Now, there are 63 National Parks...

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Conservation: New Developments

Conservation: New Developments

By Katherine Hodge, Interim Project Archaeology Program Lead There are many different parts of the archaeological process. Researching, mapping, and digging are important steps for gaining material to study. However, ensuring that material lasts as long as possible...

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Conservation: Underwater Sites

Conservation: Underwater Sites

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorIn this series so far, we’ve looked at how well artifacts are preserved in wet and dry environments. From textiles preserved in peat bogs to paper in Egyptian tombs. However, have you ever thought about how well...

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Conservation: Wet and Dry Environments

Conservation: Wet and Dry Environments

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education Coordinator Many different factors dictate how long an artifact can survive. The material type and the environment are usually the most important features that ultimately decide if an artifact survives a few years or a few...

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Conservation

Conservation

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorConservation is an incredibly important process, but we often forget to talk about what happens after an artifact is taken out of the ground or before it is put on display at a museum. It is a very important step in the...

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Goodbye and Thank you

Goodbye and Thank you

By Erika Malo, Project Archaeology Program Lead I just came back from an incredible journey down the Smith River in Montana. When my husband received the heavily sought-after river permit, I wasn't sure I would go. I decided to embark on this adventure in a solo canoe...

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Ancient Technology: Glass

Ancient Technology: Glass

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorGlass is one of those things that you probably interact with constantly without realizing it. Take a moment to look around. How many glass things do you see? For me, windows, my phone and laptop screen, the fluorescents...

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Ancient Technology: Engineering and Architecture

Ancient Technology: Engineering and Architecture

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education Coordinator Archaeological sites are fun places to visit for many reasons. They can inform us about the past, reveal previously unknown history, and help us learn new fun facts. However, I think the one thing people find the most...

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Ancient Technology: Navigation

Ancient Technology: Navigation

By Katherine Hodge Public Education CoordinatorIt is very easy to forget how recent our modern versions of navigation really are. I’m 24, and I remember printing out MapQuest directions to orchestra rehearsal. While this may be more a comment on my personal wayfinding...

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Ancient Technology: Mining

Ancient Technology: Mining

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education Coordinator The idea of ancient mining probably fills your head with images of golden Egyptian sarcophagi, the massive stones in the crown jewels of England, or Roman marble statues and buildings. These are all great examples of...

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