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Bring Out Your Dead: Pondering Passenger Pigeons (and Projectile Points) While Building Digital Type Collections at the Virtual Curation Laboratory

Author(s): Lauren Volkers ; Bernard Means

Year: 2015

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With support from the Department of Defense's Legacy Program, I am working with undergraduate students in the Virtual Curation Laboratory to create digital type collections of chipped stone tools and zooarchaeological elements. These efforts include scanning stone tools from classic projectile point guides at the New York State Museum (Ritchie's "Typology and Nomenclature of New York Projectile Points") and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill (Coe's "Formative Cultures of the North Carolina Piedmont"). The zooarchaeological type collection includes a wide range of animals, with special attention paid to the passenger pigeon--a species that "celebrated" the 100th anniversary of its extinction in September 2014. Most of our zooarchaeological efforts have drawn on the extensive collections of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, with a few elements provided by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. These 3D digital type collections enable more accurate and faster identification of archaeological items. 3D replicas printed from the digital models are well suited to creating physical type collections, for incorporation into K-12 and undergraduate education, and for integration into public outreach efforts. The generation of 3D models and printed replicas also encourages co-creation projects by undergraduates working in the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

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Bring Out Your Dead: Pondering Passenger Pigeons (and Projectile Points) While Building Digital Type Collections at the Virtual Curation Laboratory. Bernard Means, Lauren Volkers. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395951)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America