On Shining the Literal Light, or Showing Those Behind the Scenes

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Last week’s trip to Virginia was the first for my in-laws. They were really taken by Historic Jamestowne‘s wonderfully executed Archaearium and the stories told by the artifacts on display. I gushed over the photos of archaeologists, conservators, laboratory worker bees, storage systems and workrooms. You know, the people and places that make it possible for those stories to be told.

Photographs of lab work dot the exhibition space. An archaeologist was literally on display during our visit and Historic Jamestowne has an active dig for visitors to oogle and learn from. I LOVE this place because the gals and guys in the dirt and the lab are prominently displayed and the stories of their work are told.

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Digger on display. Rawr!
Digger on display. Rawr!
The gent to the far left is Dr. William Kelso, archaeologist and director of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology project.
The blurry gent to the far left is Dr. William Kelso, archaeologist and director of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology project. I’m better at oogling museum storage systems than I am photographing pictures of them.

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For a former archaeology student whose current refrain is “No one listens to the archivist,” it was quite a happy moment to see the people who make everything possible get some shine.

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