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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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Ancient Technology: Weaving

Ancient Technology: Weaving

By Erika Malo, Project Archaeology MSU Program LeadTogetherness. Community. Creating. I did not learn to create in a bubble. Learning to bring together strings of yarn was first introduced to me when my grandmother taught me to crochet. Groups of supportive women then...

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Modern Issues in Archaeology: Museum Changes

Modern Issues in Archaeology: Museum Changes

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorTshough it is easy to imagine that they have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, the modern idea of a museum has really only existed since the mid-1700s. Private collections were far more common, with people...

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Modern Issues in Archaeology: Repatriation

Modern Issues in Archaeology: Repatriation

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorRepatriation has a long history within the United States and around the world. From the Parthenon marbles to human remains in museum storage, the idea of repatriation can trace its beginning to the late 1700s and early...

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Modern Issues in Archaeology: Terrorism

Modern Issues in Archaeology: Terrorism

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education Coordinator If you’ve ever wanted to upset an archaeologist, ask them about the Buddhas of Bamiyan or the city of Palmyra. These are two more famous examples of what happens when you mix terrorism with archaeology. In 2001, the...

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Modern Issues in Archaeology: Looting

Modern Issues in Archaeology: Looting

By Katherine Hodge, Public Education CoordinatorLooting is one of the biggest problems that archaeology, archaeological sites, and artifacts face. It happens all around the world and can range from small innocent actions, like picking up something on your hike, to a...

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