The archaeology of archaeology

Lyssia digs into box (Photo by Courtney Eastman)

Lyssia digs into box (Photo by Courtney Eastman)

Like a lot of anthropology departments, we have a few older collections that do not have great (or any) location information or documentation associated with them.  Several of the students working in my lab this quarter, Courtney and Lyssia, are digging through the collections and inventorying the materials.  Right now they are working on collections made by a former PSU archaeologist on the Oregon Coast many years ago.  Depending on what we find, these items may become part of our teaching collections.  I am toying with the idea of visiting and re-documenting some of the sites represented in the old collections with students in my field methods course next year.  Maybe it will bring some new life to these old collections…or maybe not.  I don’t know about the charcoal inside but those envelopes date to 1968, back when PSU was still a state college!

Envelopes from 1968.

Envelopes from 1968.

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