Archaeological Collections at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Author(s): Andrew Gurstelle

Year: 2016


The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University has several collections that are of great interest to archaeologists. Three of our collections are presented: the Rights collection, the Lam collection, and the West Mexican collection. The Rights collection consists of nearly 20,000 artifacts collected by the Rev. Douglas Rights in the first half of the 20th century from archaeological sites near Winston-Salem and in the western Piedmont of North Carolina. The Lam collection consists of over 500 Chinese ceramics made during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907) at the Changsha kilns, including bowls, ewers, cups, teapots, small toys, and other pieces. The West Mexican collection consists of 1,040 artifacts, most dating to the Late Formative Period (approximately 300 B.C.-A.D. 400), and includes 162 complete ceramic vessels, ceramic figurines, greenstone beads and necklaces, obsidian projectile points, knives, and grinding stones. Though each of these collections were made outside of controlled, systematic archaeological investigations, they still hold great potential for contributing to new research.

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Archaeological Collections at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University. Andrew Gurstelle. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402982)

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