Forgotten Finds: Updating Existing Collections for Modern Research

Author(s): Mario Borrero

Year: 2015


The existing collections of our nation’s institutions hold great potential for future research and should be subject to modern scientific inquiry. If these collections are not catalogued or sorted properly, they can lie forgotten and virtually inaccessible to scholarly research. The example presented here is of a legacy collection, comprised of artifacts from the Tulare Lake area in Kings County, California. This selection is primarily of lithic tools, which represent ancient California life-ways, with rough dates from 9000 B.C.E. to 1000 C.E. The majority of this collection was "gifted" to the museum, as such the material itself had lost most of its provenance by the time it entered museum collections. This did not diminish the quality of the collection as the stone-tools represent a wide variety of both material and morphological types. Beyond its academic potential this assemblage also maintains cultural significance for the Yokut community. The priority was to offer the most complete classification of the material possible and to generate a rich understanding of the overall collection. These efforts have already produced novel results and stand to highlight the potential benefit for updating existing collections for their use in modern study.

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Forgotten Finds: Updating Existing Collections for Modern Research. Mario Borrero. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396435)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;