Enhancing Preservation and Access to Archaeological Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
This is an abstract from the "How to Conduct Museum Research and Recent Research Findings in Museum Collections: Posters in Honor of Terry Childs" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) Archaeology Collection represents an important, yet underutilized, cross-section of ancient material culture from around the world. The collection contains more than 72,000 objects, yet its contents are unknown to the vast majority of potentially interested people and communities. In 2014, DMNS opened a new state-of-the-art collections facility. In 2017, we obtained a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for $300K to move, organize and rehouse the Archaeology Collection. We are currently constructing archival mounts for all objects, taking reference photos for the online Imu database, and reorganizing the collections by culture area in the new space. The reorganization effort will improve accessibility for scholars, students, source communities, and the general public that in turn will facilitate humanities projects and research, cultural resilience, and scientific discovery. This poster will highlight some of our most important collections, some of the research projects facilitated by the new collection space and workshop, and our process of rehousing.
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Enhancing Preservation and Access to Archaeological Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Stephen Nash, Michele Koons, Melissa Bechhoefer, Krista Barry, Sarah Carlson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451833)
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